Alcoholic Hepatitis is a serious and life threatening disease of the liver caused due to excessive intake of alcohol over a long period of time. It is a progressive inflammatory liver disease which if not checked may lead to cirrhosis of liver or permanent liver damage.
The main cause for Alcoholic Hepatitis is prolonged alcohol intake over a period of time. Another not so common cause is binge drinking that is drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short time period. Mild alcoholic hepatitis is curable if the person stops drinking permanently.
The symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis may vary from person to person depending on the damage that has been done to the liver. In the initial stages of the disease the person may not show signs of any of the symptoms. Some of the common symptoms are as follows:
The diagnosis for liver hepatitis can be confirmed by the following clinical tests:
If all the above tests fail to confirm any disease the Doctor may prescribe a liver biopsy. A tissue sample from the liver is extracted and is then examined for any liver disease. This examination also confirms for Alcoholic Hepatitis.
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Though there is no specific treatment for alcoholic hepatitis, if one is diagnosed for the disease he should immediately stop drinking alcohol. The following treatment is generally advised by the medical personnel:
The precautions and prevention for Alcoholic Hepatitis are as follows: