Interference with cerebral energy metabolism due to excess ammonia has been postulated as a cause of hepatic encephalopathy. Furthermore, consideration of the neurologic basis of such features of hepatic encephalopathy as asterixis, decerebrate rigidity, hyperpnea, and coma suggests a malfunction of structures in the base of the brain and their cortical connections.


Steven Schenker, David W. McCandless, Edward Brophy, Michael S. Lewis


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