Overcoming Coma In Patients With Hepatitis B?
Hello, I have a friend who has chronic hepatitis B. Now he is in a coma.rnCan his illness be cured and what caused him to be in a coma??
Hello Ayu, thanks for the question for HealthReplies.com
Hepatitis B virus is a virus that damages the liver. Symptoms that appear in chronic hepatitis B are symptoms that arise due to impaired liver function of the sufferer (usually when liver cirrhosis or liver cancer has appeared). The liver has many functions, one of which is to neutralize and change the body's metabolic waste substances (such as ammonia) so that they can be removed from the body. These metabolic wastes, if not removed, can be toxic to the body and to the brain. This condition is known as hepatic encephalopathy. Hepatic encephalopathy is quite common in people who have impaired liver function.
Hepatic encephalopathy can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, including:
impaired ability to think
changes in behavior and personality
In severe conditions, impaired consciousness can occur up to coma
Basically, if there has been severe damage to the liver, for example, if there has been cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer in your friend, the damage cannot be repaired. One way to repair severe damage to the liver is to perform a liver transplant (not commonly done in Indonesia). The coma in hepatic encephalopathy is a very severe condition and difficult to treat. Metabolic waste that has damaged the brain is an irreversible condition or cannot be returned to normal again.
You should discuss again with the doctor who treats your friend to find out more clearly the condition of your friend. If your friend has close family (especially his wife or husband or sexual partner), suggest to do hepatitis B examination immediately so that liver damage due to this viral infection can be prevented and treated before it becomes severe and the damage becomes irreversible.
Here is an article that you can read about hepatitis B and liver cirrhosis
That's all the information I can give, hopefully it's enough to answer
dr. Irna Cecilia