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Neurological monitoring and sedation protocols in the liver intensive care unit

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Metabolic brain disease

Source : Metabolic brain disease. 2022;10.1007/s11011-022-00986-7

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Campus : Faridabad

Year : 2022

Abstract : Patients with liver disease often have alteration of neurological status which requires admission to an intensive care unit. Patients with acute liver failure (ALF), acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) and rarely cirrhosis are at risk of cerebral edema. These patients require prompt assessment of neurological status including assessment of intra-cranial pressure (ICP) and monitoring metabolic parameters like arterial/venous ammonia levels, serum creatinine and serum electrolytes so that timely specific therapy for raised ICP can be instituted to prevent permanent neurological dysfunction. The overall aims of neuromonitoring and sedation protocols in a liver intensive care unit are to identify the level of multifactorial metabolic encephalopathy, individualize sedation and analgesia requirements for patients on mechanical ventilation, institute specific therapy to correct the neurological insult in ALF and ACLF, provide clear physiological data for guided therapy of drugs like muscle relaxants, antiepileptics, and cerebral edema reducing agents, and assist with overall prognostication. In this review article we will outline the clinical scenarios related to liver disease requiring intensive care and neuromonitoring, current techniques of neurological assessment, sedation protocols and point of care tests which enable the treating physician and intensivist guide therapy for raised ICP.

Cite this Research Publication : Mehtani R, Garg S, Kajal K, Soni S L, Premkumar M. Neurological monitoring and sedation protocols in the liver intensive care unit. Metabolic brain disease. 2022;10.1007/s11011-022-00986-7

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