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Explore this section to learn more about Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE), how the condition is diagnosed, and methods of preventing recurrence.
HE is a brain disorder, and one of the major complications of cirrhosis. There are two classifications for HE: mild and overt. The symptoms of mild HE are subtle and overlooked often by patients and family members. Overt HE is often marked by physical and mental symptoms such as confusion and issues with balance, and is a long-term, recurring condition.
Did You Know It's a Really Important Organ?
In fact, it's the second largest one in your body and is located right under your rib cage on your right side. It weighs about three pounds and is shaped like a football that's flat on one side.
It performs many jobs. Your liver processes what you eat and drink into energy and nutrients your body uses and filters out harmful substances from your blood.
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