Hepatic Encephalopathy

Vandana Khungar, Fred Poordad

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Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) represents a continuum of transient and reversible neurologic and psychiatric dysfunction. It is a reversible state of impaired cognitive function or altered consciousness in patients with liver disease or portosystemic shunting. Over the last several years, high-quality studies have been conducted on various pharmacologic therapies for HE; as more data emerge, it is hoped that HE will become a more easily treated complication of decompensated liver disease. In the interim, it is important that physicians continue to screen for minimal HE and treat patients early in addition to continuing to provide current treatments of overt HE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-320
Number of pages20
JournalClinics in Liver Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Minimal hepatic encephalopathy
  • Overt hepatic encephalopathy
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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