What happens if you have hepatic encephalopathy and do not get a liver transplant?

Liver failure. Hepatic encephalopathy usually means that your liver is not functioning properly. This tends to be one of the later symptoms of liver failure. If left untreated, liver failure will ultimately cause death. Some patients are candidates for liver transplantation which can be very effective.
Progression. It usually signals advanced esld. In the absence of transplant, this is usually the forerunner of complications such as as cites, wasting, bleeding and even cancer of the liver, which usually lead to death.

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Are there different levels of hepatic encephalopathy? Is the condition reversible if liver transplant is ruled out?

Yes. There are 5 stages of hepatic encephalopqthy. It is treatable even if transplant not an option. Ask the transplant hepatolgist (the liver doc) to help with this problem. Read more...
Yes. Encephalopathy is graded from 1 to 4. Reversible causes include infection, bleeding and meds. Encephalopathy related to liver failure requires medication, especially if transplant is not on option. Common treatments include lactulose and rifaximin. Read more...
Yes, can be. Encephalopathy has 4 stages, diagnosed clinically. There is one more non-clinical stage, which needs special testing. Encephalopathy can be reversible with transplantation. In some cases, it may take time. Rarely, encephlopathy can occur without liver diseses. In that situation, transplantation may not be always the option. Correcting the problem can reverse encephalopathy. Read more...

My husband had a liver transplant last year in Jan 2015 but it did not rid him of hepatic encephalopathy his is bad his memory is horrible?

May not be hepatic? There R many possible causes of bad memory. If your husband had hepatic encephalopathy, & now has a normal functioning liver, other causes of brain dysfunction have to be considered. In other words, if the new liver is functioning normally, it is unreasonable to assume that hepatic encephalopathy is causing the current memory problem. Dr. Mike. Read more...

What happens if you have hepatic encephalopathy and do not have transplant?

Depends. The symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy can be treated with medicine. Lactulose or rifaximen are commonly used. As liver failure progresses however the medical treatments are less effective and encephalopathy can lead to a hepatic coma. In the absence on liver transplant, advanced liver failure can unfortunately lead to death. Read more...
Depends. Hepatic encephalopathy can resolve with treatment, and since the liver has a large capacity to heal after damage, depending on how severely damaged the liver is, and what the cause of liver damage is, it is possible the underlying liver damage can be healed if the cause is treated early enough. Read more...

My aunts been diagnosed with chronic liver disease, she's in hepatic encephalopathy, she's also having 4.6 creatinine, what could be the cause?

Too many. There are far too many possibilities to go into on a forum such as this. That would be an appropriate question for her treating physician. Read more...
Kidney injury. That cr level is elevated, meaning her kidney function is impaired. I assume she is in the hospital. Patients with liver disease can develop kidney injury from many causes including medications, poor dietary intake, and sometime advanced liver disease itself can lead to progressive kidney disease. She should be seen by a kidney specialist to determine what can be done for her kidneys. Good luck. Read more...

Husband has high liver ammonia levels, they stay normal when hes on lactulose but he hasn't taken it for a while. Does he have hepatic encephalopathy?

Need more info. Hepatic encephalopathy is diagnosed only by mental status. If he is confused, disoriented, or abnormally sleepy, probably he has it. By themselves, ammonia or other lab tests can help confirm encephalopathy but they don't make the diagnosis. Sounds like you should check with his doctor soon. Good luck! Read more...

Can anything else mimic hepatic encephalopathy? Liver tests came back with no cirrhosis? Former drinker, quit a month ago

Mimics. Hepatic encepahlopathy can be mimicked by drug side effects, infections, very low or high blood sugar, thryoid disorders, changes in kidney function (very high BUN), and changes in sodium, calcium, and potassium, to consider a few causes. Read more...
Multiple causes. Many neurolgic/ medical and metabolic disorders can lead to encephalopathy. This issue deserves a full neurological evaluation. Read more...