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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-112

Hepatic encephalopathy: An enigma

Department of Pediatrics, Father Muller Medical College and Hospital, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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K Shreedhara Avabratha
Department of Pediatrics, Fr Muller Medical College, Mangalore - 575 002, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-9727.118241

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Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is an important and common metabolic disturbance in children. The causes are many. Reye-like syndrome (RLS) can manifest with hypoglycemia, hyperammonemia and altered sensorium with elevated liver enzymes as in Reye syndrome, where the cause remains elusive. This disease is associated with a significant risk of mortality. This report discusses the diagnostic possibilities with a brief review of literature in a one year boy who recovered completely from acute hepatic encephalopathy.

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