author={Mark L. Batshaw},
  journal={Current problems in pediatrics},
  volume={14 11},
A symptomatic elevation in plasma ammonium concentration, termed hyperammonemia, is associated with numerous congenital and acquired conditions (Table 11). In some cases, such as urea cycle disorders, ammonia is the principal toxin. In other instances, such as portal systemic encephalopathy, it is but one of a number of metabolic disturbances, However, in either case hyperammonemic episodes should be treated aggressively to prevent coma, subsequent brain damage, or death. This involves… CONTINUE READING