Hepatic Encephalopathy

Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE), 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.

Explore this Hepatic Encephalopathy Information Center by clicking through to the Diagnosis, Treatment, Support and Caregivers landing pages where you’ll find more information to help you manage Hepatic Encephalopathy.

Diagnosing Hepatic Encephalopathy

There is no specific test used to diagnose HE. A Hepatic Encephalopathy diagnosis is based on a combination of three things:

  • Your medical history
  • Your symptoms
  • A thorough clinical exam by your healthcare provider

Learn if you or someone you love is at risk of getting HE, what triggers this complication and how it’s exhibited.

Treating Hepatic Encephalopathy

Being confronted with a diagnosis of HE can be overwhelming and because HE is a complicated condition, a multidisciplinary approach is often required to manage it. Learn more about treating Hepatic Encephalopathy.

Support for Patients with Hepatic Encephalopathy

If you’re living with HE or caring for a loved one with HE you’ll likely need emotional, physical, or financial support at certain points in your journey. Learn how and where you can get that support – from finding resources to help pay for the cost of medications to learning how to talk about your diagnosis with friends and family.

Caregivers of Patients with Hepatic Encephalopathy

If you are the caregiver for someone with HE, it’s likely you’re not completely new to this role as your loved one has probably been living with some form of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis for some time now. Learn more about caring for patients with Hepatic Encephalopathy.

Facts at-a-Glance

  1. Hepatic Encephalopathy is a brain disorder that develops in some individuals with liver disease.
  2. Approximately 70% of individuals with cirrhosis may develop symptoms of Hepatic Encephalopathy.
  3. 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.

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Last updated on July 20th, 2022 at 01:04 pm

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