Hepatic encephalopathy with status epileptics: A case report

Hiroto Tanaka, Hiroki Ueda, Yohei Kida, Hiroko Hamagami, Tomikimi Tsuji, Masakazu Ichinose

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A 62-year-old male with decompensated liver cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus developed severe hepatic encephalopathy with status epileptic us. The blood ammonia level on admission was more than twice the normal level. Brain computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were normal. In addition, electroencephalogram showed diffuse sharp waves, consistent with hepatic encephalopathy. The status epilepticus was resolved after antiepileptic therapy (phenytoin sodium) and treatment for hepatic encephalopathy (Branched chain amino acids). The blood ammonia level normalized with the clinical improvement and the patient did not have a recurrence of status epilepticus after the end of the antiepileptic treatment. Additionally, the electroencephalogram showed normal findings. Thus, we diagnosed the patient as hepatic encephalopathy with status epilepticus. We consider the status epilepticus of this patient to a rare and interesting finding in hepatic encephalopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1793-1794
Number of pages2
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar 21
Externally publishedYes


  • Decompensated liver cirrhosis
  • Electroencephalopathy
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Status epileptics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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