Hepatic encephalopathy in the course of alcoholic liver disease — treatment options in the intensive care unit

Mariusz Piechota

Abstract

Hepatic encephalopathy occurs as a complication of alcoholic liver disease may require methods of dialysis available in intensive care units. There is described the case of a 27-year-old patient with jaundice and hepatic encephalopathy with long history of alcohol dependence and substance abuse. The patient was successfully treated using liver dialysis method (Prometheus® system). Basing on this case it is possible to conclude that use of dialysis liver with Prometheus® may be beneficial in patients with severe course of alcoholic liver disease.

Keywords

intensive care; alcoholic liver disease, liver insufficiency; liver insufficiency, encephalopathy; liver dialysis

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