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Pathophysiology of Hepatic Encephalopathy: Studies in Animal Models

  • Roger F. Butterworth
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Abstract

Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) is a serious neuropsychiatric complication of both acute and chronic liver failure. A study group concluded in 2002 that “HE is a spectrum of neuropsychiatric abnormalities seen in patients with liver dysfunction after exclusion of other known brain diseases” (Ferenci et al., 2002). A multiaxial definition of HE was proposed that defines both the type of hepatic abnormality and the characteristics of the neurological manifestations. Three types of hepatic abnormalities were defined, namely:

Keywords

Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein Hepatic Encephalopathy Cirrhotic Patient Acute Liver Failure Hepatic Coma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger F. Butterworth
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  1. 1.Neuroscience Research Unit, Hopital Saint-Luc, University of MontrealMontrealCanada

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