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  • complications
  • Hepatic encephalopathy is a complex disorder that encompasses a spectrum or continuum of disease that ranges from a subtle condition with no outward signs or symptoms to a severe form that can cause serious, life-threatening complications. (rarediseases.org)
  • While the symptoms are similar among these different subtypes of hepatic encephalopathy, individuals with acute liver failure are more likely to have swelling (edema) in the brain and increased pressure within the skull (intracranial hypertension), which can potentially cause life-threatening complications. (rarediseases.org)
  • severe
  • Hepatic encephalopathy can be associated with more severe symptoms including reduced alertness, shortened attention span, disruptions in sleep patterns, mild confusion, slowing of the ability to perform mental tasks and mood or personality changes. (rarediseases.org)