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How is alcoholic hepatitis diagnosed?

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Alcoholic hepatitis is a serious condition that can happen from drinking too much alcohol. It can damage your liver and make it stop working right.

Your doctor may ask about your medical past to see if there’s reason to believe you may have alcohol-related liver problems, and assess if your drinking is a problem. You’ll also have a blood test to check your liver enzymes. Too high levels are a sign of liver damage. Your doctor also may want to get a sample of your liver and test it, called a biopsy.

From: Alcoholic Hepatitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lucey, M. , 2009.   The New England Journal of Medicine

American Liver Foundation: “Alcohol-Related Liver Disease.”

National Institutes of Health: “Hepatitis.”

AASLD Practice Guidelines: “Alcoholic Liver Disease.”

CDC: “Alcohol and Public Health: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Babineaux, M. , published online May 2011. World Journal of Hepatology

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Drinking Levels Defined."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Lucey, M. , 2009.   The New England Journal of Medicine

American Liver Foundation: “Alcohol-Related Liver Disease.”

National Institutes of Health: “Hepatitis.”

AASLD Practice Guidelines: “Alcoholic Liver Disease.”

CDC: “Alcohol and Public Health: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Babineaux, M. , published online May 2011. World Journal of Hepatology

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Drinking Levels Defined."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 15, 2017

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