Hepatic Encephalopathy is a brain disorder that develops in some individuals with liver disease.
Approximately 70% of individuals with cirrhosis may develop symptoms of Hepatic Encephalopathy.
In some cases, Hepatic Encephalopathy is a short-term problem that can be corrected. It may also occur as part of a chronic problem from liver disease that gets worse over time.
Hepatic Encephalopathy, sometimes referred to as portosystemic encephalopathy or PSE, is a condition that causes temporary worsening of brain function in people with advanced liver disease. When your liver is damaged it can no longer remove toxic substances from your blood. These toxins build up and can travel through your body until they reach your brain, causing mental and physical symptoms of HE.
- Will I get routine labs to monitor my ammonia levels?
- What is the status of my liver?
- Do I have liver damage?
- Will I need a liver transplant?
- (If I need a liver transplant) – Which transplant centers are located in my state?
- What is my approximate MELD score?
- What dosage of lactulose will I be taking? How often should I take it?
- If lactulose alone does not manage my HE, will Xifaxan be added?
- What can I anticipate with HE? Will I have mood changes?
- If I begin to have issues with remembering my medications – will it be possible to have a visiting nurse come to my home?
- What kinds of information can I share with my friends and family about my condition?
- Will I be able to continue to work to my full capacity?
- Will I be able to drive?
Visit he123.liverfoundation.org to learn more about Hepatic Encephalopathy.
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