Does a finding of fetor hepaticus suggest hepatic encephalopathy (HE)?

Updated: Apr 04, 2019
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Some patients with hepatic encephalopathy show evidence of fetor hepaticus, a sweet musty aroma of the breath believed to be secondary to the exhalation of mercaptans.


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