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Toxic metabolic encephalopathy

By Anonymous January 10, 2017 - 7:54am
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Back in April of this year I suffered from unintentional lithium toxicity, it was caused from a incompetent psychiatrist. Anyway, my mother found me unresponsive & not breathing. I was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately they didn't have a extra dialysis machine so I was transferred to another hospital. I was intubated, had dialysis, in the ICU for for 5 days, suffered renal failure, respiratory failure with hypoxia & toxic metabolic encephalopathy. I sorta remember the Drs telling me I had irreversible brain damage but that was about it. I'm trying to find out what kind of damage was done to my brain because of the hypoxia & the toxic metabolic encephalopathy. If anyone can lead me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with our community. You have certainly been through quite an ordeal.

Toxic metabolic encephalopathy is a broad category that describes abnormalities of the water, electrolytes, vitamins, and other chemicals that adversely affect brain function.

To begin with, schedule an evaluation with a neurologist. Diagnostic imaging such as a MRI will show areas of the brain where lesions or damage has occurred as a result of the hypoxia. You might be referred to a psychologist who can administer a battery of tests to identify any functional damage in the brain.

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