From WikiMD.org
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Hyperammonemia (pronounced: hi-per-am-mo-NEE-me-uh) is a medical condition characterized by elevated levels of ammonia in the blood. It is a dangerous condition as ammonia is a highly toxic substance to the brain and can lead to encephalopathy and death if not treated promptly.


The term "Hyperammonemia" is derived from the Greek words "hyper" meaning over, "ammo" meaning sand, and "emia" meaning presence in blood. This refers to the overabundance of ammonia, a compound typically found in the urine, in the bloodstream.


Hyperammonemia can be caused by a variety of factors, including liver disease, Reye's syndrome, certain genetic disorders, and the use of certain medications. It can also occur as a result of severe malnutrition or infection.


Symptoms of hyperammonemia can vary depending on the severity of the condition. They may include lethargy, vomiting, seizures, and coma. In severe cases, hyperammonemia can lead to brain damage and death.


Diagnosis of hyperammonemia typically involves a blood test to measure the level of ammonia in the blood. Additional tests may be performed to determine the underlying cause of the condition.


Treatment for hyperammonemia typically involves addressing the underlying cause of the condition. This may involve medication to reduce the level of ammonia in the blood, dietary changes, or in severe cases, liver transplant.

See also

External links


This WikiMD dictionary article is a stub. You can help make it a full article.

Languages: - East Asian 中文, 日本, 한국어, South Asian हिन्दी, Urdu, বাংলা, తెలుగు, தமிழ், ಕನ್ನಡ,
Southeast Asian Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, မြန်မာဘာသာ, European español, Deutsch, français, русский, português do Brasil, Italian, polski