Severe alcoholic liver disease

Signs and Symptoms of Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease

Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease, also known as End-Stage Alcoholic Liver Disease, is a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening consequences. People with this disease may experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue.
  • A yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
  • Confusion, delirium, or hallucinations.
  • Fluid buildup in the abdomen (ascites).
  • Easy bruising and/or bleeding.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Weight loss.

Left untreated, Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease can cause life-threatening complications, including liver cancer or a build-up of toxins in the brain (encephalopathy).

Diagnosing Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease

A doctor may diagnose Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease after performing blood tests, a physical exam, and imaging tests such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI. The doctor may also take a liver biopsy to check for signs of damage.

Treating Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease

In most cases, treatment for Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease involves abstaining from alcohol and making healthier lifestyle choices. Depending on the severity of the damage, medications, surgical procedures, and other therapies may also be needed.

In some cases, a liver transplant may be recommended. A liver transplant is a surgical procedure in which a healthy liver is transplanted into the body. It is the only way to reverse the effects of advanced liver disease.