Chapter 6. Hepatic Encephalopathy

  1. Suzanne Sargent MSc, PGC (TLHE), BSc (Hons), RGN Lecturer Practitioner
  1. Catherine Houlston RGN, BSc (Hons), Critical Care Diploma, ENB 100 Practice Development Sister1 and
  2. Helen O'Neal RN, BSc (Hons), Dip HE A09 Practice Development Sister2

Published Online: 14 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322682.ch6

Liver Diseases: An essential guide for nurses and health care professionals

Liver Diseases: An essential guide for nurses and health care professionals

How to Cite

Houlston, C. and O'Neal, H. (2009) Hepatic Encephalopathy, in Liver Diseases: An essential guide for nurses and health care professionals (ed S. Sargent), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322682.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Institute of Liver Studies, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK

  2. 2

    John Farman Intensive Care Unit, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405163064

Online ISBN: 9781444322682

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Keywords:

  • Pathophysiology of hepatic encephalopathy;
  • Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA)/benzodiazepine theory;
  • The gamma-amino butyric acid theory;
  • Treatment and management of hepatic encephalopathy;
  • Fluid and electrolyte disturbances;
  • Pharmacological and other treatments;
  • General care and ongoing assessment;
  • Hepatic encephalopathy in acute liver failure;
  • high dependency unit (HDU)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition

  • Pathophysiology of hepatic encephalopathy

  • Classification of hepatic encephalopathy

  • Diagnosis and investigations

  • Treatment and management of hepatic encephalopathy

  • Hepatic encephalopathy in acute liver failure

  • Chapter summary

  • Illustrative case study