Hepatic encephalopathy is a decline in brain function that occurs as a result of severe liver disease. In this condition, the liver cannot adequately remove toxins from the blood. This causes a buildup of toxins in the bloodstream, which can lead to brain damage. Symptoms are those of impaired brain function, especially reduced alertness and confusion. In the earliest stages, subtle changes appear in logical thinking, personality, and behavior. The person's mood may change and judgment may be impaired. Normal sleep patterns may be disturbed. People may become depressed, anxious or irritable. They may have trouble concentrating.
HOW IS HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Hepatic Encephalopathy can be caused by kidney problems, low oxygen levels, surgery/trauma, fatigue and dehydration, among others.
HOW IS HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY TREATED?
In case of Hepatic Encephalopathy, the doctor conducts a complete blood count to check the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Also, imaging tests such as CT scan and MRI are conducted to diagnose Hepatic Encephalopathy.
DID YOU KNOW?
With treatment, hepatic encephalopathy is frequently reversible. In fact, complete recovery is possible, especially if the encephalopathy was triggered by a reversible cause. However, people with a chronic liver disorder are susceptible to future episodes of encephalopathy. Some require continuous treatment.