A STUDY ON ASSOCIATION BETWEEN SEVERITY OF HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY AND SERUM SODIUM IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE

Dr. Sandeep M Horo, Dr. Siddharth Kapoor, Dr. Vidyapati

Abstract


INTRODUCTION
Histologically, cirrhosis is a diffuse hepatic process characterized by
fibrosis and conversion of normal liver architecture into structurally
abnormal nodules. The natural history of cirrhosis can be divided into a
preclinical and a subsequent clinical phase .The preclinical phase is
usually prolonged over several years; once clinical events occur, such
as ascites, encephalopathy or variceal bleeding, the remaining course
of the disease is much shorter and usually fatal. The most commonly
associated complications are: gastrointestinal hemorrhage, ascites,
encephalopathy, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatorenal
syndrome and hepatic failure.


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