Hepatic encephalopathy

Overview

Hepatic encephalopathy generally occurs in people with chronic liver disease, such a cirrhosis or hepatitis. Triggers include infection and dehydration.

Symptoms

Early symptoms include forgetfulness, confusion, and breath with a sweet or musty odor. Advanced symptoms include shaking of the hands or arms, disorientation, and slurred speech.

Treatments

Treatment includes removing toxic substances from the intestine.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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