What is the earliest symptom of hepatic failure?

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What is the earliest symptom of hepatic failure?

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answered Jun 12 by Weewun (10,150 points)
The earliest symptom of hepatic failure is changes in your sleep patterns as well as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea as well as discomfort in your right side, just below the ribs.

One of the early signs of hepatic encephalopathy is changes in your sleep patterns along with the onset of confusion or a shortened attention span.

Hepatic encephalopathy is a serious and sometimes reversible condition that can affect people with advanced liver dysfunction.

The condition hepatic encephalopathy is characterized by a range of neuropsychiatric and neuromuscular abnormalities which result from the buildup of toxic substances in the bloodstream, ultimately impacting brain function.

In the earliest stages of hepatic encephalopathy, subtle changes appear in logical thinking, personality, and behavior.

The person's mood may change, and judgment may be impaired.

The 4 stages of hepatic encephalopathy include.

Stage 0: Minimal HE. Slight changes in memory and concentration.
Stage 1: Mild HE. Mood changes and sleep problems.
Stage 2: Moderate HE. Inappropriate behavior, slurred speech, trouble doing basic math.
Stage 3: Severe HE.
Stage 4: Coma.

The life expectancy of someone with hepatic encephalopathy is around 2 years.

Roughly half of people with hepatic encephalopathy live a full year after diagnosis, and half of those live another full year.

But this changes if you have a liver transplant.

People with chronic hepatic encephalopathy have better recovery rates than those with the acute version of the condition.

The rate of recovery increases if you receive treatment before the condition gets worse.

Hepatic encephalopathy and its symptoms can be reversible with proper treatment.

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in acute liver injury signifies a serious prognosis.

Brain edema and intracranial hypertension are major causes of death in this syndrome.

Hepatic encephalopathy may develop slowly over time in people with chronic liver disease or may occur episodically, worsening and then improving only to recur.

Hepatic encephalopathy is experienced as forgetfulness, mild confusion, and irritability.

The first stage of hepatic encephalopathy is characterized by an inverted sleep-wake pattern (sleeping by day, being awake at night).

The second stage of hepatic encephalopathy is marked by lethargy and personality changes.

The third stage of hepatic encephalopathy is marked by worsened confusion.

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