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Alcoholic Liver Disease – 5 Things to Know

1. What is Alcoholic Liver Disease?

Prolonged drinking can lead to an inflammation of the liver, leading to alcoholic liver disease. Those who have been drinking heavily and consuming a large amount of alcohol are prone to this disease.

2. What are the symptoms?

According to a top gastroenterologist, typical symptoms of alcoholic liver disease include

  • Pain and swelling in the abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching
  • Dry mouth

3. How is it diagnosed?

The diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease takes place through a combination of the following tests:

  • Complete Blood Count
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver function tests
  • Abdominal CT Scan
  • Ultrasound

4. What is the treatment of alcoholic liver disease?

  • Stopping the consumption of alcohol completely
  • Consuming Vitamins, especially vitamin B
  • Liver transplant, if cirrhosis has occurred

5. How can it be prevented?

As said by Dr Sanjay Nagral, a renowned gastroenterologist in Mumbai, one-stop solution to prevent alcoholic liver disease is by reducing alcohol intake. Unrestricted alcohol intake, being the primary cause of the disease, stopping its consumption will go a long way in helping prevent the disease. The liver can be brought back to normal, provided liver cirrhosis has not occurred.

To know all about Liver Disease, watch Dr. Ajitabh Srivastava talk about Liver Disease Causes and Symptoms.

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