Alcohol Associated Liver Disease

Alcohol-induced liver disease is damage to the liver caused by consuming too much alcohol. Excessive alcohol can cause sudden damage to the liver, called alcoholic hepatitis.

Specialties that diagnose or treat this condition:

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In this condition, the liver is inflamed, swollen, and can results in severe damage and scarring. Chronic excessive alcohol use can result in alcoholic cirrhosis, in which normal liver cells are replaced by scarred tissue.

Our Approach

Symptoms of alcohol-induced liver disease include:
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Fever
  • Fluid build-up in the abdominal area
  • Increased white blood-cell count
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Kidney failure

If your symptoms match those of alcohol-induced liver disease, the Liver Program offers expert diagnostic and treatment services, including:
  • Assessing your symptoms
  • Blood tests
  • Considering your medical history
  • Laboratory tests
  • Liver biopsy
  • Physical examination

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Liver Transplant

When liver function deteriorates it may not adequately perform these tasks and a transplant is necessary. A liver transplant is a major surgical operation in which the diseased liver is taken out of the recipient's body and replaced with a healthy one from either a deceased or living donor.
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