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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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GOMEZ D, Crhistian Camilo  and  RESTREPO G, Juan Carlos. Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2016, vol.31, n.2, pp.154-160. ISSN 0120-9957.

Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is a potentially reversible neurocognitive syndrome that consists of a series of neuropsychological disorders in patients with acute and chronic liver disease.  A physical examination may or may not show evidence of neurological abnormalities. MHE is responsible for cognitive impairment, has a negative impact on quality of life of patients, essentially cirrhosis. The impossibility of detecting this neuropsychological disorder clinically has led to the use of psychometric tests for screening and diagnosis. MHE modifies the prognosis of disease, and early detection allows intervention against the risk of developing clinical hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in patients with cirrhosis which has been associated with decreased survival

Keywords : Encephalopathy; minimal hepatic encephalopathy; liver cirrhosis.

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