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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 100-104

Dynamic posturography findings among patients with liver cirrhosis in Egypt


1 Internal Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Audiology Unit, ENT Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Wael M. Aref
Internal Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, 17167 Cairo
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.7123/01.EJIM.0000422797.51953.a7

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Background

Liver cirrhosis is a condition that destroys the normal function of the liver, leading to hepatic encephalopathy, which is associated with impairment in postural control and disturbance in balance.

Aim of the study

The aim of this study was to detect the disturbances in balance and postural control because of hepatic encephalopathy as a result of liver cirrhosis using dynamic posturography.

Participants and methods

Individuals were divided into two groups: 45 patients with liver cirrhosis and 45 controls. Both groups underwent dynamic posturography to evaluate balance control, number connection test-type A, line tracing test, and serum ammonia (NH3) level to assess encephalopathy.

Results

Dynamic posturography findings were significantly weaker in patients with liver cirrhosis than in the controls. They were also weaker in patients with high NH3 than in patients with low NH3. There were significant negative correlations between dynamic posturography findings and number connection test-type A, line tracing test, and NH3 levels.

Conclusion

Hepatic encephalopathy because if liver cirrhosis affects balance control and the degree of affection is related to the degree of encephalopathy.



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