Learn more about hepatic encephalopathy

What is hepatic encephalopathy?

Hepatic encephalopathy is a condition that occurs in people who have liver damage, usually caused by cirrhosis. The damaged liver cannot remove the toxins a healthy liver normally would. These toxins then travel through the body until they reach the brain. They can then damage the brain and cause hepatic encephalopathy.

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How do I know if I have hepatic encephalopathy?

The symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy can be different for each person. You may get confused about who or where you are. It may seem as if you are not yourself, and you may not be aware of what you are doing. Hepatic encephalopathy may also change your normal sleep patterns. You may feel wide awake at night and sleep all day.

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What can I do about hepatic encephalopathy?

There are several ways to deal with hepatic encephalopathy. Your doctor is there to help you and talk to you about your choices. It is important to remember that hepatic encephalopathy is a chronic (long-term) condition. It can get worse or come back with or without daily use of medication. But with continuous treatment, hepatic encephalopathy may be controlled and recurrences may be prevented. So it is very important that you take care of yourself and continue any treatment to keep it from coming back.

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