Tag hyperammonaemia
CCC Critical Care compendium 340

Ammonia and hyperammonaemia

OVERVIEW Hyperammonaemia is easily forgotten as a potential cause of metabolic encephalopathy Ammonia is produced by the hepatic metabolism of amino acids and is primarily degraded via the urea cycle In the absence of obvious liver dysfunction or a drug…

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Ammon Anyone?

You've just been handed over a patient who has an altered mental status when the phone rings. It's the lab - you're told that your patient has a serum ammonia level of 250 umol/L (reference range, 11-35 umol/L). WTF?