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Information on the fact that ammonia poisoning can cause liver damage, extreme hair loss, mental confusion

Today in St John s Newfoundland there is a bizzare criminal case where a petite young girl age 35 robbed ten stores in a row without violence or injury totally out of character for her usual, mother of one, kind and sweet personality. Later, after being released on bail she collapsed (exactly 30 days) of total hepatic failure. Her liver was damaged by acetaminophen ingestion over several years and extreme hair loss and mental confusion had been noted in the weeks prior. This poor young girl desperately needs intelligent educated people on her side who can prove beyond a doubt that ammonia poisoning is the most likely cause of her irrational behavioral changes. She has been recovering nicely (including re growth of hair) and awaits a trial facing life in prison. Any insight you can offer this poor victim of brain disease would be priceless.
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Hello there!
thank you for asking, Liver modifies ammonia to urea thus detoxifies it. Ammonia is lipid solube and it crossess brain, so yes this ammonia cause encephalopathy and alopecia. But if the stimulus is not persistent . liver caan compensate by regeneration, Rest i didnt get what to say about prison and robbery thing, More like a human resource thing. But as far as ammonia is concerned it caused those symptoms leading to encephalopathy but liver failure can let that happen only , healthy liver cant

S khan
Answered: Wed, 27 Nov 2013
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