Pancreatic Encephalopathy: An Unusual Cause of Asterixis

Context Pancreatic encephalopathy is the occurrence of neuropsychiatric abnormalities in setting of acute pancreatitis which is not otherwise explained by presence of electrolyte abnormities, or organic lesions. The pathogenesis of pancreatic encephalopathy is incompletelyunderstood. The clinical presentation is variable. Case Report A 60 year old male, a diabetic for 5 years, was admitted with three days of abdominal pain associated with vomiting and complicated by altered sensorium for one day. He developed asterixis during the course of his hospital stay. Other workup was non-contributory and patient improved with supportive management. Conclusion Asterixis has not hitherto been reported in pancreatic encephalopathy.

Author(s): Vishal Sharma, Ravi Sharma, Deepak K Bhasin, Surinder S Rana

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