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Is there such a thing as mild alcoholic hepatitis?

Is there such a thing as mild alcoholic hepatitis?

Yes: But that doesn't mean the underlying drinking issue is not extremely serious. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral and alcoholic hepatitis?

What is the difference between viral and alcoholic hepatitis?

Answer is in quest.: Hepatitis means inflammation of liver. This can be caused by viruses, chemicals such as alcohol, too much fat, etc.. ...Read more

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If husband has acute alcoholic hepatitis, has been doing the same, not better,not worse for three weeks, is this typical?

If husband has acute alcoholic hepatitis, has been doing the same, not better,not worse for three weeks, is this typical?

Alcoholic hepatitis: This can be a serious medical problem and many factors will determine his response to treatment. I would talk to member of his treatment team to get a better idea. In the meantime - here is a good article by Mayo Clinid:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcoholic-hepatitis/home/ovc-20163921 ...Read more

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What is the treatment for alcoholic hepatitis?

What is the treatment for alcoholic hepatitis?

Avoid alcohol: There is no medicine currently available. Liver transplant can be an option when it is far advance. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcoholic hepatitis?

What is the definition or description of: alcoholic hepatitis?

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 more

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Will a hepatitis test show any kind of hepatitis, including alcoholic hepatitis?

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

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How long does it take to recover from alcoholic hepatitis? Can this disease cause HE?

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 more

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What are the differences between viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis?

What are the differences between viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis?

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 more

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How effective is pentoxifylline (Trental) for treating alcoholic hepatitis?

How effective is pentoxifylline (Trental) for treating alcoholic hepatitis?

Not conclusive.: Multiple trials failed to show conclusive superiority the superiority of either corticosteroid or Pentoxifylline in treating alcoholic hepatitis. However, it shows superiority over placebo for prevention of fatal HRS and thus maybe effective for treatment t of SAH when n corticosteroids are contraindicated. ...Read more

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Can having a case of alcoholic hepatitis give a false positive for hepatitis b?

Can having a case of alcoholic hepatitis give a false positive for hepatitis b?

Not really: There are false positives for any test, including hepatitis b, although alcohol doesn't increase this risk. It is important to get follow up tests of the hbv to make sure you are truly not infected. If not, consider getting vaccinated. ...Read more

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Should a person be on ativan (lorazepam) when diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis?

Should a person be on ativan (lorazepam) when diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis?

Ativan (lorazepam): For detoxification, yes, but not for maintenance. Discuss with your doctor other alternatives if u r using it to treat anxiety problem. ...Read more

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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 more

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How effective is prednisolone (Orapred) for treating alcoholic hepatitis?

How effective is prednisolone (Orapred) for treating alcoholic hepatitis?

Depends: on the severity of the hepatitis. The single most important thing in the treatment of alcoholic liver disease is the ABSOLUTE avoidance of alcohol, as well as weight loss in those who are obese/overweight. Several drugs, including pentixophyllin and steroids like methylprednisolone may improve healing, but the prognosis may still be poor if the liver has started to fail. STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL. ...Read more

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I AM 40 YEARS OLD AND IN AN ADVANCED STAGE OF ALCOHOLIC HEPATITIS. DOCTOR HAS ADVISED ENSURE AS I AM HARDLY EATING. ARE ENSURE AND NESTLE'S BOOST SI?

I  AM 40 YEARS OLD AND IN AN ADVANCED STAGE OF ALCOHOLIC HEPATITIS. DOCTOR HAS ADVISED ENSURE AS I AM HARDLY EATING. ARE ENSURE AND NESTLE'S BOOST SI?

Probably, yes : You should be following with a hepatologist , liver specialist. But yes, increased nutrition with shakes is probably warranted. Carnation instant breakfast may be a cheaper alternative ...Read more

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Can alcoholic hepatitis present with normal alt/ast?

Can alcoholic hepatitis present with normal alt/ast?

No: Acute hepatitis caused by alcohol will present with elevated ALT/AST. You can have cirrhosis of the liver with normal ALT/AST for quite a while, however. ...Read more

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If you suffer from alcoholic hepatitis and stop drinking will the liver ever fully recover back to normal from this? And if so how long?

Alcoholic hepatitis : The liver is a very hardy organ. Having alcoholic hepatitis means the alcohol was causing some damage to the liver cells. If you stop drinking alcohol this should recover fully. However repeated drinking over time can lead to more permanent damage to the liver resulting in cirrhosis. This damage is not reversible. It is difficult to determine the extent of damage with blood work for this. ...Read more

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