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What causes hepatic encephalopathy (HE)?

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Hepatic encephalopathy starts when your liver gets damaged from a disease you've had a long time, like chronic hepatitis, Reye's syndrome, or cirrhosis. It doesn't work right anymore, and toxins get into your bloodstream and travel to your brain. They build up there and cause the mental and physical symptoms of HE.

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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