Alcoholic Liver Disease Diagnosed and Treated Liver Disease Specialists


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When patients suspect liver disease, they seek the expertise of Dr. Paul Thuluvath at The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy in Baltimore. Dr. Thuluvath is considered one of the best doctors in the nation to diagnose and treat liver disease, including alcoholic liver disease. Dr. Thuluvath, along with Dr. Anurag Maheshwari and Dr. Hwan Yoo, works with patients to provide some of the best treatment options.

About the Condition

Alcoholic liver disease is injury to the liver due to alcohol abuse. The leading cause of liver disease is alcohol, which metabolizes in the liver. Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to acute and chronic liver disease. Patients with alcoholic liver disease are advised to have a preventive vaccination for both hepatitis A and hepatitis B

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of alcoholic liver disease can widely vary depending on the stage of the liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease symptoms, which may not be noticeable until the disease is advanced, can include:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Dry retching
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

Alcoholic liver disease can be diagnosed through blood tests, a liver biopsy, and liver function tests as well as using CT scans or ultrasounds.

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Treatment Options

Liver damage is generally irreversible and progressively worsens with continued drinking. Early stages of alcoholic liver disease can be managed by not drinking alcohol. Some stages of alcoholic liver disease may respond to medical treatment, including steroids. However, other stages of alcoholic liver disease may require regular screenings because they may be pre-malignant conditions that could lead to permanent scarring of the liver. Advanced alcoholic liver disease may require a liver transplant.