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Hepatic Encephalopathy in Children

  • Giulio Zuccoli
  • Gayathri Sreedher
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Abstract

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a neurocognitive disorder associated with either acute or chronic liver disease (CLD). HE is also found in patients with either spontaneous or surgically created portosystemic shunts. The severity of HE spans from a mild neuropsychological impairment, detectable only at a psychometric evaluation, to coma. HE is a potentially reversible process. However, cirrhosis-associated neurological deficits may persist after liver transplant thus, supporting the hypothesis that HE may lead to irreversible neurological impairment.

Keywords

Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Hepatic Encephalopathy Autoimmune Hepatitis Acute Liver Failure Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyChildren Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA

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