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Alcoholic hepatitis

What is Alcoholic hepatitis?

Alcoholic hepatitis is hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) due to excessive intake of alcohol. It is usually found in association with fatty liver, an early stage of alcoholic liver disease, and may contribute to the progression of fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis. Signs and symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis include jaundice, ascites (fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity), fatigue and hepatic encephalopathy (brain dysfunction due to liver failure). Mild cases are self-limiting, but severe cases have a high risk of death. Severe cases may be treated with glucocorticoids.

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My 25 year old son just got home from ICU for treatment of serious liver problems. Doctor sent him for blood work today with test to determine if he has alcohol hepatitis. He has been home for a week and still is yellow with yellow eyes also. He is no longer drinking but can this be reversed or can he die?
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If the liver pathology is due to the alcohol then this may take little long time to come around, over all prognosis is depends upon the damage done to liver parenchymal cell and the regeneration process enzyme level, clinical condition if these are within the normal limit then...
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I just received results of a comprehensive routine lab screening. I am concerned about the AST/ALT ratio specifically. Here are some of the results. I do drink regularly (2-3 drinks a day) though not after seeing these results! What might this mean?
AST - 54 (only result out of normal range - high)
ALT - 23
GGT - 17
Bilirubin, Direct - 0.26
Albumin - 4.7
Phosphorous - 3.7
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Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

Your AST is out of range.
Your AST/ALT ratio is more than two. This could occur in alcoholic hepatitis.

You can stop drinking alcohol and repeat the test after 4...
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hello i have hep c and recently got my liver tests back. Can u explain them to me. Some things are high and some are normal My alt is 176, my ast is 156, my GGT is 68, my alp is 105, my alb is 4.4 my bilt is 0.4 my glob is 2.2 my tp is 6.6 and my XXXXXXX is 51.

How serious is it that my ALT and AST are high..and what should i do and what does it mean..is this indication that I have scarring in some form..?

How can i bring down the levels..
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Hi XXXXXXX douthit,
Thanks for writing in again.

I am glad to be replying to you.

As in our earlier discussion, AST and ALT may be moderately elevated in cases of liver scarring or even remain normal in some patients. Scarring is...
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AST score is 334
ALT score is 235
GGT score is 176
how bad is this, scores were rec'd 1 week ago, is cirrhosis a strong probability with these numbers
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Ultrasound is needed to exclude cirrhosis.

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Hello Stanleytoll1
Thanks for writing to HCM

I have gone through your reports in detail.
Increased ALT and GGT indicates liver injury.
Increase in ALT may be due to many reasons like hepatitis,alcohol intake,altered lipid profile...
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I am a healthy 47 year old female with no signs or symptoms of liver disease but for some reason during a routine exam my AST results were 519 and my Alt were 181, do not want to do excessive testing, I do use I buprofin prn maybe 600 mg a day and do drink a few drinks a day. What is a must to do or what else could raise bilirubin and liver enzyme numbers?
Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.
Your AST and ALT levels are significantly raised.
This indicates your liver cells are damaged.
Your AST is more than ALT.
A ratio of more than 2 usually indicates alcoholic hepatitis.
You need to quit drinking.
An...
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my father is suffering from alcoholic hepatitis (likely cirrhosis) and was having ascites and edema 20 days ago which is now not visible. His billrubin has also came down from 22 to 9.5 and HB rosed from 8 to 9. however he is complaining headache for last two days. i dont know which medicine can be given with such leave condition ??
Hi thanks for contacting HCM...

Here your father might have cirrhosis as having ascites . .
If splenomegaly associated then portal hypertension can be there by cirrhosis...

For headache paracetamol can be given .But not excessively...

Cirrhosis needs to be treated .If portal hypertension more...
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Elevated enzymes over 300 in alcoholic. Is this high
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yes

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i am assuming you are referring to one the liver enzymes, either AST or ALT. the normal levels for these is <30 for a female. So basically a level of 300 is ten times the upper limit of the normal value, meaning there is significant inflammation in your liver....
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Hello my blood work seems to be abnormal but nobody is calling me back at doctor office to confirm.
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Hi and welcome to HCM

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Well, everything is normal beside negligibly elevated AST and sligthly elevated ALT. HDL is not considered to be abnormal in these values.
AST and ALT are so called liver markers and may indicate certain liver and biliary disease.Its elevation...
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What causes high liver enzymes
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Detail follows

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Dear Friend.
Welcome to HCM. I am Dr Anshul Varshney. I understand your concern.
Raised liver enzymes can be due to many reasons. Most commonly seen are:
1. Alcohol intake or Alcoholic Hepatitis.
2. Viral Hepatitis like Hepatitis A, B, C,E
3....
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