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How far back can a liver biopsy detect alcohol?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: It depends/extent,,,

This depends on the perceived amount of alcohol consumption as well as the patient's sensitivity to alcohol.
The biopsy actually determines the extent of liver damage which may be caused by alcohol as well as other things. Early damage, like fatty liver can be from alcohol or obesity, while later damage like cirrhosis can be from these and/or hepatitis. Biopsy is the last, most definitive test

In brief: It depends/extent,,,

This depends on the perceived amount of alcohol consumption as well as the patient's sensitivity to alcohol.
The biopsy actually determines the extent of liver damage which may be caused by alcohol as well as other things. Early damage, like fatty liver can be from alcohol or obesity, while later damage like cirrhosis can be from these and/or hepatitis. Biopsy is the last, most definitive test
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