What is the role of L-carnitine in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy (HE)?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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L-carnitine improved hepatic encephalopathy symptoms in several small studies of patients with cirrhosis. [67] Whether the medication works by improving blood ammonia levels or whether it works centrally perhaps by decreasing brain ammonia uptake remains unclear. [68]


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