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confusion-ammonia levels-liver was posted 06/30/2000 03:57 am by Jackie
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He needs to have his blood checked for high ammonia levels when there are mets to the liver. Norms are 10-35 I think. My husband started having confusion suddenly one night, I thought he had a stroke. Sometimes he would say something silly or do strange things,like taking off all his clothes or pointing to his hospital bed rail and asking me to "Take down the the Ed McMahon". There was a contest on t.v. with Eds face on everything and my husband kept seeing it on everything. Point is they did his blood work twice a day and nobody was checking the ammonia levels. They were about 130. The medicine Lactulose will bring the levels back down. It is a special laxative used to bring the ammonia levels back down. We gave it to him twice a day for two days then off for two days, that would keep his levels at about 60 or so. Don't be to concerned about the loose stools because this is the only way to lower it. 60-100 kept him 'normal'. Hope this helps.

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