What is the treatment for hepatic encephalopathy?

Underlying cause. The treatment of hepatic encephalopathy is three fold: 1) treat underlying cause of liver injury if possible ( so stop liver toxic drugs, steroids for autoimmune liver disease) 2) in patients with chronic liver disease, treat problems that can worsen the situation and cause encephalopathy such as infections, etc. 3) drugs to lower the ammonia levels, ammonia being too high in this condition.

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What's the best treatment for cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy (coma, in intensive care unit)?

Response. If patient is being treated within hospital, by medical intensivists, you do indeed have the best supportive treatment. If you wish more detail, maybe a Concierge visit will provide better direction. Read more...
The BEST treatment. for decompensated cirrhosis, but not readily available to most, is liver transplantation. Read more...

What are the roles of herbs in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy?

None! I do not know of any good herbs that can help you. It is a serious problem and only a liver specialist(hepatologist) can help you with this problem. Read more...
Do not search. Agree with dr lehga, alternative therapies are of no value once liver failure has occurred and brain consequences ensue. However, several patients have suffered liver damage due to usage of chinese herbal preparations, some of which were contaminated. Treatment of chronic liver disease is complex and should be closely followed by a gastro-enterologist. Read more...

Has anyone survived hepatic encephalopathy?

Yes. The prognosis of hepatic encephalopathy really is dependent on how far advanced the liver disease is. If the liver function is still enough to be compatible with life, treatment of underlying infections, drugs to lower the ammonia level etc usually will improve the encephalopathy. Read more...
Sure ! The encephalopathy can be treated by the treatment of liver failure and depeding on the cause and the state of the disorder can be reversed. Read more...

What are the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy?

Encephalopathy. Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy may be mild at first then become severe. Mild symptoms may include mood changes, mild confusion, forgetfulness, and changes in sleep, while more severe symptoms may include agitation, disorientation or severe confusion, abnormal movements, sleepiness, and slurred speech. Patients may progress to coma and death in the most severe cases. Read more...

What is hepatic encephalopathy and how bad is it?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

What is the pathophysiology of hepatic encephalopathy?

This manifestation . Of liver disease occurs when the detoxifying function of the liver is compromised usually by chronic liver disease of one sort or another. We measure ammonia levels in the blood as a marker for this dysfunction but other nitrogen containing substances are more responsible. Read more...
Toxins in bloodstrea. Bacteria in the colon release toxins as part of their normal digestion of nutrients. Typically a normal functioning liver can handle that. When someone has cirrhosis and the liver doesn't work normally those toxins can build up and get into the brain to cause the sleepiness/confusion of hepatic encephalopathy. That is why we use drugs like lactulose for diarrhea to clear the colon. Read more...

What is best anticonvulsant in ptn. With hepatic encephalopathy?

??PTN. I don't know what you mean by ptn. However, hepatic encephalopathy generally refers to the confusion that patients with cirrhosis develop. The sick liver is unable to clear toxins which then affect the brain. The patient will experience memory difficulties, difficulty with sleep, alterations in personality, and at its worse, it can cause coma. Read more...

If you have hepatic encephalopathy, are you still able to smoke weed?

Not a good idea. The brain takes a long time to recover from any injury or illness. It is a very finely-tuned and delicate instrument. Adding a chemical that disrupts its normal functioning, even if pleasurable, is not a good idea. Read more...