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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

Dr. Gyongyi Szabo
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Alcoholic Hepatitis (Definition)

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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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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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

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more