Diagnosis and management of hepatic encephalopathy.

  title={Diagnosis and management of hepatic encephalopathy.},
  author={D L Shawcross},
  journal={British journal of nursing},
  volume={27 Sup3},
Overt and covert hepatic encephalopathy (HE) are debilitating complications of cirrhosis. HE results in a poor quality of life for patients and their caregivers and, unless there is access to liver transplantation, the prognosis is poor. The development of overt HE is often unpredictable, and its management, particularly in the ward, remains challenging. There is an urgent need for novel approaches to treat HE. Until recently, therapies for this complication were disappointing, with frequently… CONTINUE READING

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