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20 - 04 - 2017

News for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy

Hepatic encephalopathy occurs when the liver fails to eliminate the ammonia produced by the intestinal bacteria. It is a complication of cirrhosis that causes neurological disorders such as confusion or even coma.

One study looking at twenty patients for five months ago, showed that fecal transplants improved the bacterial flora and corrected cognitive dysfunction. With these good results, the studies will continue.

The same team had verified two years ago in a mouse model, the importance of fecal microbiota transplants to treat hepatic encephalopathy.