Alcoholic hepatitis can cause other medical conditions to arise. The blood pressure in the liver can become high and the veins may be enlarged. A condition where fluid build-up occurs in the abdomen, known as ascites, and becomes infected may occur. Cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure are other common complications.
Treatment is possible and a specialist will, based on the severity of the condition, overall health of the patient and other factors, decide on the course of action. The first step is, obviously, for the patient to completely stop drinking. If the addiction is too strong, professional help in the form of detoxification and other addiction treatments can be used.
Along with the stopping of alcohol, medications may be prescribed to reduce liver inflammation and restore the functioning of the organ. If the patient is malnourished, dietary supplements including vitamins and various nutrients will also be prescribed.
If the damage to the liver is excessive and not reversible, a liver transplant may be required. In order to qualify for this, the patient must remain completely off alcohol for a minimum of 6 months.
Article by Kauvery Liver Team