Hepatic encephalopathy, seen in advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, results in a number of neuro-psychiatric symptoms, that cover a wide spectrum of manifestations. Being aware of the clinical presentations are important for both the patient and their caretaker, as well as healthcare professionals involved in their care. These include:
- Personality changes.
- Changes in sleep-wake cycles, associated with excessive daytime somnolence and nighttime insomnia.
- Disorientation to person, place and time.
- Development of inappropriate behavior, associated with confusion.
Individuals with hepatic encephalopathy have serious live problems, and should be considered for liver transplant evaluation. All of us at Liver Specialists of Texas are experienced to care for these complex patient needs.