How is hepatic encephalopathy (HE) categorized?

Updated: Apr 04, 2019
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A nomenclature has been proposed for categorizing hepatic encephalopathy. [12] Type A hepatic encephalopathy describes encephalopathy associated with A cute liver failure. Type B hepatic encephalopathy describes encephalopathy associated with portal-systemic B ypass and no intrinsic hepatocellular disease. Type C hepatic encephalopathy describes encephalopathy associated with Cirrhosis and portal hypertension or portal-systemic shunts. Type C hepatic encephalopathy is, in turn, subcategorized as episodic, persistent, or minimal.


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