Figure 2.

Relationship between minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) and various clinicopathological factors. (A) Five patients who were diagnosed with MHE using a computer-aided neuropsychiatric test were significantly older in age (77.2 ± 1.9) than the MHE-negative cases (67.0 ± 8.0) (p = 0.0081). (B) npRQ on day 1 in MHE-positive and MHE-negative cases were 0.78 ± 0.027 and 0.84 ± 0.062, respectively, and tended to be lower in MHE-positive cases (p = 0.082). (C) Relative energy intakes at home expressed as a percentage to basal energy expenditure multiplied by stress and activity indices of 1.1 and 1.3, respectively, were 109.0 ± 30.0% and 99.7 ± 17.7% in MHE-negative and -positive cases, and were not significantly different each other (p = 0.51). (D) Similarly, body compositions of skeletal muscle mass relative to body weight were 40.1 ± 4.5% and 37.1 ± 4.2% in MHE-negative and -positive cases, and were not significantly different each other (p = 0.18).

Yamada et al. Nutrition Journal 2013 12:79   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-12-79
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