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What are the differences between viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
In brief: 2 different things
A virus is a living being that can only survive inside other cells - it has no nucleus and requires our cells to be able to reproduce itself.
There are many different kinds of viruses- some cause colds, some influenza, and specific viruses cause hepatitis a, b and c (all different). Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by alcohol, and only alcohol, though a very similar damage is seen in many obese folk.

In brief: 2 different things
A virus is a living being that can only survive inside other cells - it has no nucleus and requires our cells to be able to reproduce itself.
There are many different kinds of viruses- some cause colds, some influenza, and specific viruses cause hepatitis a, b and c (all different). Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by alcohol, and only alcohol, though a very similar damage is seen in many obese folk.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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