Hepatic Encephalopathy is a medical condition that affects the brain. The main cause of Hepatic Encephalopathy is a chronic liver disease that affects your behaviour, speech, sleep and your movement. Symptoms are:
• Speaking or acting inappropriately
• Cranky behaviour
• Smelly or musty breath
• Difficulty in moving hands
• Slurred speech
• Sluggish movement
HOW IS HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Gastroenterologists may conduct a physical examination and also evaluate your symptoms. He or she may order for a blood test to confirm diagnosis. High levels of ammonia in blood indicate Hepatic Encephalopathy.
HOW IS HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY TREATED?
Treatment for this problem includes changing your lifestyle and diet completely. Detoxifying diets are given, smoking and drinking should be avoided and also exercising is very crucial. Alongside antibiotics are given to give your body a boost with laxatives to flush out these toxins correctly.
DID YOU KNOW?
Hepatic Encephalopathy can either be acute or chronic and in severe cases, a person may slip into coma.