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When to Seek Medical Care
Any patient with unexplained confusion, altered mental function, coma, seizure, or weakness should access emergency care immediately.
Patients who have known recurrent encephalopathy may have home treatment programs that may be attempted before calling for help. For example, individuals with diabetes experiencing symptoms of confusion or lethargy may have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar); home treatment with glucose solutions by mouth or glucagon injections may be curative. However if these home treatments do not assist and waken the person, emergency intervention may be needed since another cause of encephalopathy may be present.
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