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How is hepatic encephalopathy (HE) diagnosed?

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If you have a liver disease or had one in the past, your doctor may ask you if anyone has told you about changes in your personality. He'll examine you for signs of the physical symptoms that go along with the brain disorder.

He may also give you a blood test to check for high levels of ammonia. That's a sign that your liver is not clearing it from your bloodstream the way it should. Too much of that toxin can build up in your brain and lead to HE symptoms.

From: Hepatic Encephalopathy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "Living With Hepatic Encephalopathy."

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "Hepatic Encephalopathy in Chronic Liver Disease: 2014 Practice Guideline."

Canadian Liver Foundation: "Hepatic Encephalopathy."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "Living With Hepatic Encephalopathy."

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "Hepatic Encephalopathy in Chronic Liver Disease: 2014 Practice Guideline."

Canadian Liver Foundation: "Hepatic Encephalopathy."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

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