Hepatic Encephalopathy

Category: Emergency Club


European & RCVS-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

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About The Webinar

Hepatic encephalopathy is a complex disorder caused by hepatic dysfunction, leading to neurological effects of increased levels of toxins that are normally cleared from the circulation by the liver. This webinar will start with a review of the pathophysiology behind hepatic encephalopathy, the disease processes that cause it and how to recognise associated clinical signs. We will discuss what laboratory tests are best to evaluate liver dysfunction and review imaging techniques of the liver and its vasculature. Episodes of hepatic encephalopathy are often worsened by other metabolic conditions, which we will review briefly covering gastrointestinal haemorrhage, alkalosis and hypokalaemia . We review emergency and ongoing therapies and will finish by briefly reviewing the longer term treatment options for underlying conditions such as surgical therapy for portosystemic shunts.

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