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What are precipitants of hepatic encephalopathy?

(GI) bleeding, inf, fluid or electrolyte abnormalities (excess dietary protein and hypokalemic alkalosis)
not seen first in those who've had therapeutic shunts created

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What is used that may be more effective than lactulose at treating encephalopathy?

non-absorbable antibiotics - can decrease bacteria that generate ammonia by urea metabolism