Assessment and Usefulness of Clinical Scales for Semiquantification of Overt Hepatic Encephalopathy

Maiko Sakamoto, William Perry, Robin C. Hilsabeck, Fatma Barakat, Tarek Hassanein

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Abstract

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) represents the effects of liver dysfunction on the brain. When HE is clinically obvious (eg, confusion, poor judgment, personality change), it is termed overt HE. The severity of HE is measured by different methods. Assessing the severity of HE is important for determining patient prognosis and effectiveness of therapy. This article discusses the different methods for grading HE, including clinical rating scales, neuropsychological tests, and neurophysiologic measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalClinics in Liver Disease
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

Keywords

  • Cirrhosis
  • Clinical scales
  • HESA
  • Hepatic encephalopathy assessment
  • Neurophysiologic tests
  • Neuropsychological tests
  • Overt hepatic encephalopathy
  • WHC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology

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