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Liver Center - Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD)

Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD)

Definition Incidence Risk Factors/Cause
Scarring of the liver that usually develops after more than a decade of heavy drinking The most prevalent form of liver disease in developed countries Chronic alcohol consumption exceeding more than 8 drinks per day for men and 4 for women over many years
Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment/Prevention
Right-sided abdominal pain

Increasing abdominal girth or lower extremity swelling

Progressive jaundice
Medical history Physical exam Blood tests Alcohol abstinence and supportive care

Treatment of alcohol withdrawal

Treatment of malnourishment

Liver transplantation in select cases after prolonged abstinence

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