What are the treatment options for severe encephalopathy in cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Higher doses of lactulose may be administered via either a nasogastric or rectal tube to hospitalized patients with severe encephalopathy. Other cathartics, including colonic lavage solutions that contain polyethylene glycol (PEG) (eg, Go-Lytely), also may be effective in patients with severe encephalopathy.


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