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Metabolic Encephalopathy Causes & Risks


Metabolic encephalopathy is caused by:

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of developing metabolic encephalopathy:

Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors.

If you have liver problems, the risk of metabolic encephalopathy is increased by:

  • Low oxygen levels in the blood
  • Infections
  • Major surgery
  • Any serious illness that causes changes in the body’s chemical make-up or metabolism
  • Use of certain medicines, such as sedatives and narcotics
  • Bleeding within the intestines
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea that lowers blood potassium levels

The following toxic overdoses can also increase your risk of the condition:

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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