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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes. One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. Read more...
Patterns of injury. Acute viral hepatitis presents with transaminases (lft's) in the thousands with alt>ast. Acute alcoholic injury to the liver causes ast>alt and the levels are <500. Importantly, the mortality of acute alcoholic hepatitis is much higher than viral hepatitis. Chronic liver injury is another story. Read more...

Thx dr. Fung, I have already done the hep a, b, c tests, all negative 1, 5 yrs after exposure, in this case of fatty liver can I rule out viral hepatitis?

Most likely. Assuming that you have no further risk exposure and tested negative, then that is not likely to be the reason for elevated liver function tests. Fatty liver is a possibility, but there are other causes for liver disease that you should be evaluated for, possibly requiring a liver biopsy for confirmation. Also depends on the pattern of liver function abnormality. Continue to abstain from alcohol. Read more...

Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Hepatitis Panels. Liver function tests are not really used to diagnose viral hepatitis, but elevated ast, alt, ggt, alkaline phos, bili can indicate "something" is wrong and needs evaluation::. Hepatitis panels for anti-bodies, core anti-bodies, and antigens for each of the different types of hepatitis (a, b, c, etc.) are used to indicate whether viral hepatitis is present and the severity/length of the infection. Read more...
No specific one. Liver function tests, which usually are composed of bilirubin, ast, alt and alkaline phosphatase, are non-specific indicators of liver health. These can be elevated in a variety of diseases, some of which are viral hepatitis, but can also be affected by other noxious processes. Only tests that measure the virus or response to the virus specifically can tell if you have or had viral hepatitis. Read more...