Encephalopathy is a disorder of the brain and hepatic means liver. The liver has a number of essential functions in the body including production of bile, production of albumin, and detoxification of drugs and other chemicals such as ammonia in the body.
Hepatic encephalopathy is a condition that develops secondary to liver disease and affects the central nervous system. Hepatic encephalopathy is caused due to accumulation of ammonia in the system due to the liver's inability to rid the body of the substance.
Symptoms are associated with CNS disorders. Common symptoms include
Running into walls
Confused after meals
Difficult to train
Blindness related to brain abnormality
Lack of appetite
Increased urination or lack of urination
Frequent voiding of small volumes
Prolonged recovery from sedation or anesthesia