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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?
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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Thomas Frazier
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Frazier
Dr. Thomas Frazier
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