Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with hepatic encephalopathy (HE)? Resulting from a buildup of toxins in the blood, this complication of liver disease can reduce brain function. While a diagnosis can be devastating, it is possible to manage HE with your doctor.
One of the important functions of the liver is to clean the blood. When the liver is damaged, it can no longer properly clean toxins, like ammonia, from the blood. This buildup of toxins can reach the brain, potentially causing HE and resulting in a worsening of brain function. It is estimated that up to 4 out of 5 people with cirrhosis will eventually develop some form of HE, so you are not alone.