What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of hepatic encephalopathy?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of the brain may be important in ruling out intracranial lesions when the diagnosis of hepatic encephalopathy is in question. [36] MRI has the additional advantage of being able to demonstrate hyperintensity of the globus pallidus on T1-weighted images, a finding that is commonly described in hepatic encephalopathy. [37, 38] This finding may correlate with increased manganese deposition in this portion of the brain.

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