Muscle cramps in liver disease

Shivang S. Mehta, Michael B. Fallon

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Abstract

Muscle cramps are common in patients with liver disease and adversely influence quality of life. The exact mechanisms by which they occur remain unclear, although a number of pathophysiological events unique to liver disease may contribute. Clinical studies have identified alterations in 3 areas: nerve function, energy metabolism, and plasma volume/electrolytes. Treatments have focused on these particular areas with varied results. This review will focus on the clinical features of muscle cramps in patients with liver disease and review potential mechanisms and current therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1385-1391
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume11
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chronic Liver Disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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