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Hepatic Encephalopathy

Hepatic Encephalopathy

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Published by: miss RN on Feb 08, 2009
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HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY
 
 
definition:Hepatic encephalopathy is brain andnervous system damage that occursas a complication of liver disorders.It is characterized by variousneurologic symptoms includingchanges in reflexes, changes inconsciousness, and behavior changes that can range from mild tosevere.
 
 
ASSESSMENT:
Grading of the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy is asfollows:Grade 0 - Clinically normal mental status but minimalchanges in memory, concentration, intellectual function,and coordinationGrade 1 - Mild confusion, euphoria, or depression; decreasedattention; slowing of ability to perform mental tasks;irritability; and disordered sleep pattern, such as invertedsleep cycleGrade 2 - Drowsiness, lethargy, gross deficits in ability toperform mental tasks, obvious personality changes,inappropriate behavior, and intermittent disorientation,usually regarding timeGrade 3 - Somnolent but can be aroused, unable to performmental tasks, disorientation about time and place,marked confusion, amnesia, occasional fits of rage,present but incomprehensible speech
 

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