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 options for hepatic encephalopathy differ depending on the severity and underlying cause of the condition. Doctors advise people to limit how much meat and other animal protein they eat. Medications can also help slow the rate at which your blood absorbs toxins. In severe cases that cause difficulty breathing, a ventilator or oxygen delivered through a mask may be necessary. The ultimate treatment is to replace the damaged liver with a healthy donor liver.
DID YOU KNOW?
Abstaining from alcohol is important for recovery.