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.
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.
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.

Related Questions

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. Read more...
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. 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...

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 liver disease present with only hepatic encephalopathy, with normal bloodwork and no other symptoms or is this something else possibly?

Encephalopathy. It would be inordinately unusual to develop hepatic encephalopathy with "normal bloodwork", but without knowing what tests to which you are referring it is difficult to answer this question intelligently. It does sound like something entirely different may be going on. Best wishes for a successful outcome. Read more...
Violates use of term. So if we are looking at an encephalopathic person and we don't know exactly what's causing the problem of brain dysfunction the only way to KNOW that it were coming from the LIVER vs. KIDNEY vs. SOMETHING ELSE is to do blood work. If blood work were normal then,, the patient simply couldn't have HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY, since the designation of the HEPATIC tells us what's wrong with bloodwork. 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...