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Metabolic Encephalopathy Treatments


Hospitalization and Emergency Care

In the hospital, the staff will treat the problems that caused the condition. They will try to remove or neutralize toxins that have built up in the bloodstream. The goal is to reverse the underlying condition. But, brain injury can still occur. In some cases, brain injury is permanent.


Medications may be used to:

  • Neutralize toxins
  • Treat the condition

Dietary Restrictions

You may need to eat a low-protein diet to help lower blood ammonia levels. (The body creates ammonia when it metabolizes and uses protein.) You may have other changes in your diet.

Tube feeding and life support may be needed, especially in the case of coma.


If this condition is due to organ failure, you may need a transplant .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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