Alcoholic hepatitis is a progressive inflammatory disease of the liver associated with long-term excessive consumption of alcohol. Alcoholic hepatitis is an acute form and early stage of the alcoholic liver disease. It involves a spectrum of severity ranging from minor and reversible liver disease to fatal and irreversible liver failure.
The liver is the largest organ, and it removes toxic substances from the blood. The alcohol abuse reduces the ability of the liver to rejuvenate itself and leads to irreparable destruction.
The onset of symptoms depends on the extent of the liver damage. If there is a mild liver damage, then you may not have any symptoms. However, you may experience the following symptoms if the liver damage is severe.
When the alcohol is metabolized in the liver, it releases the toxic substances. These toxic chemicals result in the liver damage which ultimately leads to inflammation and alcoholic hepatitis. Consuming alcohol isn’t only the cause of alcoholic hepatitis; there are other factors affecting the liver function. These include the following:
The risk factors for alcoholic hepatitis are listed below:
Alcoholic hepatitis may cause various complications and include the following:
Your doctor begins the diagnosis with physical examination and a review of medical history including questions about alcohol consumption. Certain tests are recommended to confirm the diagnosis:
The main aim of the alcoholic liver disease treatment is to restore the normal functioning of the liver and relieve the symptoms. The alcoholic hepatitis treatment involves the following:
The following strategies may help to prevent and reduce the risk of alcoholic hepatitis: