Last Updated on Jan 24, 2017

Glossary

Encephalopathy: Condition affecting the brain tissue.

Neurotransmitter: Chemicals that act as messengers between cells in the brain and nervous system; they transmit impulses across the gap from a neuron to another neuron, a muscle, or a gland.

Disaccharide: Sugar (carbohydrate) composed of 2 molecules of monosaccharide such as glucose and fructose.

Cathartic: Very strong laxative that produces explosive, watery bowelmovements.

Orthotopic liver transplant: Removal of the patient liver and placing the donor liver at the same site.

Esophageal varices: Dilated blood vessels seen at the base of the food pipe.

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