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Alcoholic Hepatitis Symptoms
Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more
Liver inflammation: In people who have an apparent genetic or other predisposition, repeated heavy use of alcohol initially causes fat to accumulate in liver cells, which ultimately causes inflammation, which is alcoholic hepatitis. Under microscope there are inflammatory cells and signs of the body's reaction. With repeated injury, scarring begins to occur, and when severe and widespread results in cirrhosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acute or chronic?: Acute alcoholic hepatitis will cause a rise in your liver enzymes and the damage will be transient but continued alcohol consumption may lead to chronic hepatitis with cirhossis and other sequelae including hepatic encephalopathy. If you know alcohol is a problem for you or a loved one, you should get help before it becomes irreversible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: But that doesn't mean the underlying drinking issue is not extremely serious. ...Read more
No: "hepatitis tests" are tests for viral hepatitis, the most common of which are A (infectious hepatitis), B and C (but there are others). There is no specific test for alcoholic hepatitis, but there are certain patterns of liver enzymes that are more typically seen with alcohol-related damage. A liver biopsy can show changes consistent with alcohol, but these are also seen with diabetes and obesity ...Read more
It was alcoholic hepatitis. Kindly explain if alcohol is to be abstained for whole life or can it be taken in lesser qty or after how much intervals.
Diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis about a year ago - can drink at all? And why do I get drink off just 1 or 2 beers now? My husband was diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis about a year ago... He served in the military where they treated him a disease
He : He gets drunk after just a beer or two now because of his alcoholic hepatitis. The hepatitis means that his liver cells have become inflammed (injured). The unhealthy liver cells can no longer metabolize (break down) the alcohol he drinks. When his liver was healthier, the cells could metabolize the alcohol. If he continues to drink, he may well develop cirrhosis. Cirrhosis destroys liver cells and creates fibrous scar tissue. Since we need our liver to metabolize a lot more than just alcohol, it is essential to live. Please look up alanon in your yellow pages. You clearly would benefit from the knowledge and support that this group can provide. Your participation is anonymous and there is no fee to join. Please show this to your husband: no if's and or but's. If you continue to drink, even lesser amounts than before, you will be killing yourself. There are three outcomes for an alcoholic: sobriety, insanity or death. If you elect for sobriety, than let your doctor know and he / she can assist you with obtaining rehabilitation and detoxification if indicated. Alcoholics anonymous is the best back bone for any program of sobriety. Getting a good 12 step sponsor is another essential. Your wife cared enough to contact this site. I hope that you are willing to take the next step in saving your life. For help with finding alcoholic anonymous meetings in san diego you can check under "find an aa meeting" at the www.Aa.Org website. My best to you and your wife. Sincerely and respectfully, dr. Heidi fowler. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection vs toxin: Viral hepatitis occurs after the virus gets into the liver where it injures the tissue while reproducing the virus.The areas involved cannot keep us with the regular liver work and symptoms continue until healing. Alcohol can be processed without liver injury up to a point. After that threshold is exceded it becomes toxic & the liver cells begin to die off & scar ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In people who have an apparent genetic or other predisposition, repeated heavy use of alcohol initially causes fat to accumulate in liver cells, which ultimately causes inflammation, which is alcoholic hepatitis. Under microscope there are inflammatory cells and signs of the body's reaction. With repeated injury, scarring begins to occur, and when severe and ...Read more
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