A Strategy to Reduce the Severity of Hepatic Encephalopathy
Based on the results of invitro blood purification studies conducted to date, we consider Sigyn Therapy to be a compelling strategy to reverse the length and severity of Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE), a frequent and serious complication of both chronic liver disease and acute liver failure. A hallmark characteristic of HE is the accumulation of neurotoxic substances in the bloodstream that translocate through the blood-brain barrier, which can result in a hepatic coma in severe cases and ultimately cause death.
The three-year survival rate following the first episode of HE is approximately 15%. The clinical and economic burden of HE is considerable as it contributes to an impaired quality of life, morbidity, and mortality. In the United States, HE is a significant public health concern that results in 100,000–115,000 yearly hospital admissions.
The severity of Hepatic Encephalopathy is often correlated with elevated concentrations of hepatic toxins, pro-inflammatory cytokines, and bacterial toxins in the bloodstream. In vitro blood plasma studies have validated the ability of Sigyn Therapy to address hepatic toxins (ammonia, bile acid & bilirubin), relevant pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-a, IL-1b & IL-6), gram-negative bacterial toxin (endotoxin), and gram-positive bacterial toxins (peptidoglycan & lipoteichoic acid).
HE is often a common occurrence in cirrhosis patients awaiting a donor liver for transplant. As the reduced duration of an HE episode correlates with higher rates of survival to transplant, Sigyn Therapy may have potential utility as a bridge-to-liver transplant device.