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Alcoholic hepatitis is damage to the liver. It is caused by long-term heavy drinking. The liver gets inflamed and swollen and can't remove waste products from the body.
Alcoholic hepatitis can lead to permanent scarring in the liver. This scarring is called cirrhosis. If you stop drinking, your liver function may improve. You may have to make changes in your diet and adjust your medicines.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 30, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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