Gastroenterology

Hepatic encephalopathy risk score accurately predicts incidence




A simple, four-component risk score stratified patients with cirrhosis by probability for hepatic encephalopathy, according to results from a recently published study.
“Hepatic encephalopathy is devastating and efforts to inform risk assessment are lacking,” Elliot B. Tapper, MD, from the University of Michigan, told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. “This score helps identify high and low risk patients. This score can be updated after a change in status. Patients can go from high to low risk if they quit alcohol or are cured of hepatitis C — and vice-versa.”

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