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Alcoholic hepatitis - Definition


Alcoholic hepatitis is a liver disease caused by the harmful effects of alcohol. It is due to prolonged and excessive alcohol consumption. Alcoholic hepatitis causes damage more or less widespread in the liver and can lead to cirrhosis and death. Suggestive signs appear within the context of known alcohol intoxication, hepatomegaly, increased size of the liver, yellowing of the skin called jaundice, and sometimes signs of liver failure. A blood test is often associated with a liver ultrasound or biopsy in cases of doubt. Treatment involves a mandatory stop of alcohol consumption, and an advanced stage of alcoholic hepatitis may require hospital care or transplant in cases of proven withdrawal.