Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy: A Complication of Gastric Bypass Surgery
Medical Center of Trinity
hyperammonemia, roux-en-y gastric bypass, blood-bezoar, gastro-gastric fistula, hyperammonemia-encephalopathy, ammonia, astrocyte swelling
Gastroenterology | Internal Medicine | Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases | Surgery
Hyperammonemia is a metabolic abnormality characterized by elevated levels of ammonia in the blood. This case report illustrates a 72-year-old Caucasian female with a history of prior gastric bypass surgery done 15 years ago, who was admitted multiple times for acute encephalopathy over the course of a few months. The patient was found to have a gastro-gastric fistula seen on a CT scan of the abdomen, which was the culprit of her acute encephalopathy. The patient underwent fistula closure via esophagogastroduodenoscopy.
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Reddy V, Patel J K, Weerasinghe D, et al. Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy: A Complication of Gastric Bypass Surgery . Cureus. 2020 Aug 19;12(8):e9864. doi:10.7759/cureus.9864