8 doctors weighed in:

What is hepatic encephalopathy and how bad is it?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: HEPATIC ENCEPHALPATH

Hepatic encephalopathy is another description of hepatic coma and it is very very serious condition and can be fatal.
It is caused by liver failure due to chronic liver disease, commonest of that is alcoholic cirrhosis.

In brief: HEPATIC ENCEPHALPATH

Hepatic encephalopathy is another description of hepatic coma and it is very very serious condition and can be fatal.
It is caused by liver failure due to chronic liver disease, commonest of that is alcoholic cirrhosis.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
Thank
Dr. Robert Rahimi
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Altered mentation

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a chronic condition leading to confusion when toxins build up in the body due to cirrhosis of the liver.
Of these toxins, ammonia seems to play a major role. Usually having 2-3 bowel movements a day with help of medications (decreases ammonia) and can control symptoms of HE. See a liver doctor to discuss other causes resulting in HE.

In brief: Altered mentation

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a chronic condition leading to confusion when toxins build up in the body due to cirrhosis of the liver.
Of these toxins, ammonia seems to play a major role. Usually having 2-3 bowel movements a day with help of medications (decreases ammonia) and can control symptoms of HE. See a liver doctor to discuss other causes resulting in HE.
Dr. Robert Rahimi
Dr. Robert Rahimi
Thank
Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Liver -brain problem

Hepatic encephalopathy is a kind of delirium, or brain malfunction caused by liver disease.
When the liver is not working toxins are produced or not adequately cleared by the liver. These toxins cause brain problems, ranging from lethargy and confusion, to coma, and even (if the liver failure is acute) brain swelling and death. The exact mechanism is not fully known. There is treatment though.

In brief: Liver -brain problem

Hepatic encephalopathy is a kind of delirium, or brain malfunction caused by liver disease.
When the liver is not working toxins are produced or not adequately cleared by the liver. These toxins cause brain problems, ranging from lethargy and confusion, to coma, and even (if the liver failure is acute) brain swelling and death. The exact mechanism is not fully known. There is treatment though.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Michael DePietro
treatment is aimed at correcting the liver problem, treating coexistent problems that worsen encephalopathy like infection, and giving drugs that lower ammonia levels, one of the toxins that may be involved.
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Board Certified, Pediatrics - Critical Care
31 years in practice
936K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors