What is Hepatic Encephalopathy?

Cirrhosis of the Liver & Symptoms

HE is most often seen in people with chronic liver disease and is a major complication of cirrhosis.

What is cirrhosis?
Cirrhosis is the permanent scarring of the liver. The hard scar tissue replaces the soft healthy tissue.  The liver will fail and will not work properly if cirrhosis is not treated.

What are the symptoms of cirrhosis? 
The symptoms of cirrhosis may vary over time causing complications.  Loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea, weight loss, abdominal pain, spider-like blood vessels or severe itching may be symptoms to look out for.

Complications
Complications may appear as jaundice (a yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes), gallstones, bruising and bleeding easily, fluid build-up and painful swelling of the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites) or hepatic encephalopathy.

For more information on cirrhosis of the liver, especially on the causes, diagnosis and treatment, please visit http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/cirrhosis/

For more information about cirrhosis of the liver and symptoms, call our helpline at 1-800-465-4837 or consult your healthcare provider.