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Symptoms and signs of acute alcoholic hepatitis

DOI: 10.4254/wjh.v3.i5.118

Keywords: Alcoholic hepatitis , Alcoholic liver disease , Clinical features , Symptoms and signs

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Although there is not one specific sign or symptom related to alcoholic hepatitis (AH), a constellation of symptoms and signs can help make the diagnosis of AH with reasonable accuracy. Documentation of chronic and active alcohol abuse is paramount in making a diagnosis of AH. Clinical presentation after abstinence for more than 3 m should raise doubts about the diagnosis of AH and dictate the need for considering other causes of liver disease, decompensation of alcoholic cirrhosis, sepsis and malignancy as the cause of patient’s clinical profile.


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