Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Association between road accidents and minimal hepatic encephalopathy in a cohort of Sri Lankan cirrhotic drivers
Authors: Subasinghe, S.K.C.E.
Nandamuni, Y.
Ranasinghe, S.
Kodisinghe, K.
Niriella, M.A.
de Silva, A.P.
de Silva, J.
Keywords: Hepatic Encephalopathy
Liver Diseases
Liver Diseases-diagnosis
Cohort Studies
Case-Control Studies
Liver Cirrhosis
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell Scientific Publications
Citation: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2014; 29(Suppl 3):204
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) has no recognizable clinical symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) but has mild cognitive and psychomotor deficits which can interfere with executive decision making and psychomotor speed. It affects driving ability and previous studies in Western countries have demonstrated an association between MHE and increased road accidents. Our objective was to investigate this association in a cohort of Sri Lankan cirrhotic drivers. METHODS: A prospective, case controlled study ongoing study has been conducted in the Gastroenterology Clinic, University Medical Unit, North Colombo Teaching Hospital, Ragama, from August 2013. Patients with cirrhosis of any aetiology, without overt HE, who had been driving any vehicle during the past one month were subjected to 5 standard pencil-paper based psychometric tests used to detect MHE. Road accidents were recorded for both cirrhotic drivers with MHE and controls. Accidents were categorized as major when they resulted in hospitalization of the involved person/s, and minor when there were no serious injuries. RESULTS: Among 55 cirrhotic drivers with MHE [males, median age 53 years (range 30-60)], 7 (12.7%) reported any type of accident compared to 6 (10.9%) among 55 controls [males; median age 51 years (range 30-60)]. 2/55 (3.6%) cases and 2/55 (3.6%) controls reported minor accidents. There were no major accidents in either group. CONCLUSION: Preliminary results of this ongoing study do not indicate an increased frequency of road accidents in a cohort of Sri Lankan cirrhotic drivers with MHE
Description: Poster Session Abstract (P456), Asian Pacific Digestive Week,November 22, 2014, Bali, Indonesia
ISSN: 0815-9319 (Print)
1440-1746 (Electronic)
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.