For Healthcare Professionals

HE: A Case Study in Patient Management

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a complication of cirrhosis, can be difficult to diagnose particularly in its early stages. The following resource, HE: A Case Study in Patient Management, follows Mr. C, a 67-year old man admitted to the hospital with confusion and hypoxia who’s initially treated for pneumonia and ultimately receives a diagnosis of cirrhosis and HE. Learn about the natural history of chronic liver disease, how to recognize the clinical presentation of HE, make the diagnosis, and institute an appropriate treatment plan.

This case study was developed in collaboration with members of the American Liver Foundation’s HE Advisory Board — a group of highly regarded hepatologists. We’d like to acknowledge one member in particular for his major contribution to the development of this resource, Dr. Andrew Muir, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine.