If you look up the definition of encephalopathy, the dictionary would define it as any dysfunction of the brain. In Phil’s case, his encephalopathy is directly related to his liver disease. In his case, his encephalopathy is actually referred to as Hepatic ( Liver) Coma. If you click on the link at the top of the website [LIVER SLIDE SHOW], you will get a good understanding of how the liver normally functions and what happens when it is not working properly. The healthy liver breaks down and metabolizes harmful substances that normally accumulate in the blood such as ammonia. When ammonia accumulates in the blood stream of an individual with liver disease, this causes hepatic coma.
Hepatic Coma is associated with impaired consciousness, sluggish or impaired speech, drowsiness, confusion, stupor or coma.. As you know from reading the blog, Phil has been exhibiting many of these symptoms. Please continue to pray for him… He needs those prayers now more than ever.