Diagnosis and Management of Hepatic Encephalopathy in Fulminant Hepatic Failure

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  • © 2015 Elsevier Inc. Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is associated with cerebral edema (CE), increased intracranial pressure (ICP), and subsequent neurologic complications; it is the most important cause of morbidity and mortality in fulminant hepatic failure. The goal of therapy should be early diagnosis and treatment of HE with measures to reduce CE. A combination of clinical examination and diagnostic modalities can aid in prompt diagnosis. ICP monitoring and transcranial Doppler help diagnose and monitor response to treatment. Transfer to a transplant center and intensive care unit admission with airway management and reduction of CE with hypertonic saline, mannitol, hypothermia, and sedation are recommended as a bridge to liver transplantation.
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  • Kodali S; McGuire BM
  • Start Page

  • 565
  • End Page

  • 576
  • Volume

  • 19
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  • 3