Methods For Diagnosing HE

As medicine progresses, life is prolonged in a variety of ways. Many people are aware of many common conditions that kill such as diabetes, heart attacks, cancer and strokes. But there are a lot of other conditions that most people do not know about until they contract them or know someone who has the disease.

When you or someone you love has received an HE diagnosis you probably have a lot of questions such as:

What does it mean to have HE?

Is there a treatment for hepatic encephalopathy?
What causes hepatic encephalopathy?
What are the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy?

You might not know that there are multiple phases of hepatic encephalopathy.

Hepatic encephalopathy often occurs in people with symptoms of reduced liver activity such as cirrhosis of the liver. In addition if you have symptoms of cirrhosis, you should have your physician run scans for hepatic encephalopathy. To find out additional details about cirrhosis of the liver search online for information on diagnosing cirrhosis.

A widely used treatment method for HE is prescribed lactulose treatments that draws fluid from the body to a person's colon, making stool softer and causing you to move your bowels more often. This helps reduce the level of toxins in your intestines by eliminating them safely and reducing the strain on liver function. The use of lactulose for hepatic encephalopathy is a proven option but does create some minor side effects. One possible repercussion of lactulose use can include: diarrhea. You may also experience nausea, gas, abdominal pain or dehydration.

It is important to treat hepatic encephalopathy as soon as possible to avoid further complications or a greater risk for failure of the liver.