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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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RIOS P, David; PEREIRA R, Dariana  and  RESTREPO G, Juan Carlos. Alcoholic Hepatitis: A review with emphasis on liver transplantation and alternative medical treatment. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2015, vol.30, n.4, pp.420-430. ISSN 0120-9957.

Alcoholic hepatitis is a clinical syndrome characterized by jaundice, ascites and acute liver failure secondary to alcohol consumption. The prevalence of the disease is increasing as a result of increased exposure to risk factors. Most patients are asymptomatic until significant compromise of liver function presents. This hinders early diagnosis and results in high morbidity and mortality rates. Liver transplantation is a valid treatment option for selected patients, with great prospects for the future, but it is still controversial. On the other hand, there are medical treatment options such as steroids, pentoxifylline and N-acetylcysteine, whose impact on morbidity and mortality is supported by evidence-based medicine. This review addresses current concepts of medical and surgical treatment of alcoholic hepatitis

Keywords : Alcoholic hepatitis; liver transplant; treatment.

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