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Hepatic Encephalopathy


Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a brain condition that is caused by liver disease. Early treatment is needed to reverse the damaging effects of this condition and restore proper brain function.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol can worsen your condition.
  • Follow a low-protein and low-sodium diet. You may be asked to eat less protein and sodium (salt). Some foods high in protein include beef, pork, poultry (chicken, turkey), beans, and nuts. Some foods high in sodium include salty snacks, canned foods, condiments, deli meats, and cured meat such as bacon. Ask your dietitian for more information about foods to limit or avoid.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You are sleeping more than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You had a seizure.
  • You feel confused, dizzy, or lightheaded.
  • Your heart is beating faster than is normal for you.
  • You have sudden shortness of breath.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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