Management of Overt Hepatic Encephalopathy

Vandana Khungar, Fred Poordad

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Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a potentially reversible state of impaired cognitive function or altered consciousness in patients with liver disease or portosystemic shunting. Overt HE is a particularly pressing problem. Given the many targets of treatment and lack of a clear singular cause of overt HE, there is no consensus on a single best treatment. Over the past several years, high-quality studies have been conducted on the various pharmacologic therapies for HE and, as more data emerge, hopefully HE will become a much more easily treated complication of decompensated liver disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-89
Number of pages17
JournalClinics in Liver Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Liver disease
  • Overt hepatic encephalopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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