Recovery

The long-term prognosis for HE patients is often reported as good in the medical literature, especially with early intervention.

However, patients with relapsing/remitting HE, or who suffer severe residual effects from an acute onset of HE, may find returning to work difficult if not impossible. Work that requires good communication skills, memory, attention to detail, and the ability to concentrate, may prove especially difficult. The risk of seizure in some patients may also make returning to routine activities such as school, work, or tasks around the home difficult as well.  Driving may be difficult or dangerous for some due to attention deficits and seizure or seizure-like activity.

Patients who are left with lasting neurological deficits may benefit from complementary therapies in addition to the medications used to treat seizures, tremor, or myoclonus. Additional therapies such as occupational therapy or working with a trained neuropsychologist may also help some patients in their recovery.

Although the treatments discussed above may benefit¬† some, there is no “recipe” for recovery. Keeping a patient’s medical team updated on progress and setbacks, and having a strong support network, can be extremely helpful as a patient learns to adjust to life after a HE diagnosis.

 

Last edited by Web Team on June 20th, 2016