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Clinical and Electroencephalographic Assessment of Diazepam in Liver Disease

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: (Published 30 October 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:265
  1. Iain M. Murray-Lyon,
  2. Janet Young,
  3. J. D. Parkes,
  4. R. P. Knill-Jones,
  5. Roger Williams


    The effects of 5 mg of diazepam intravenously were assessed in 23 patients with liver disease, 10 of whom had clinical evidence either in the past or at the time of study of hepatic encephalopathy. Transient drowsiness occurred in all patients, but prolonged deterioration in conscious level was not observed. Serial electroencephalographic recordings showed the development of activity at faster frequencies, similar to that found in normal subjects, a change which is different from that usually observed in cirrhotic patients after administration of chlorpromazine and morphine when slow-wave activity is increased.