Hepatic Encephalopathy

Hepatic encephalopathy is a medical condition where it is portrayed by the occurrence of confusion or different or altered level of consciousness and complete coma which occurs due to complete liver failure. In advanced stages to hepatic coma might even lead to death ultimately. Normally the liver is supposed remote toxic substances from blood and eliminate it by suitable processes but when the liver fails the liver does not carry this function any more and the amount of toxic substances in the blood increase of the period of time and it causes there were given medical condition which is considered to be very life-threatening.

The treatment is just employing a reversible method wherein the suppression of toxic material release in the intestine is done normally using laxative like lactulose and non-absorbable antibiotics. In case of acute liver failure wherein it is a serious stage people have to resort to complete liver transplant in order to survive.

In initial stages this medical condition cannot be detected clinically and it is very difficult to do so. As the condition gets worse the symptoms are forgetfulness,confusion and common irritability increases. As a condition becomes more severe over the period of time it is normally portrayed in patients by having inverted sleeping patterns. This means the patient will tend to sleep during the day and be awake during the night. And it is further marked by having difficulties with coordination and in daily activities such as writing, walking, running, bathing and just any other simple activity that people tend to have in a normal life. The condition is said to be aggregated when people tend to drink alcohol in high ranges. It is also found to affect people with heavy drinking habits frequently. It is considered that high-protein causes this but research has shown that malnutrition and low diet intake might also cause condition.

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