Alcoholic Hepatitis: The Rising Epidemic

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Med Clin North Am. 2023 May;107(3):533-554. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2022.12.005. Epub 2023 Feb 20.


Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is a unique clinical syndrome on the spectrum of alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD). It constitutes a rising epidemic with increasing incidence and major public health implications. In severe AH, 30-day mortality approaches 30%, yet therapeutic options remain limited. Survival benefit from corticosteroids, the mainstay of medical treatment, is short-lived. Among corticosteroid nonresponders, the use of early liver transplantation is heterogeneous across centers and remains limited by significant barriers. Long-term prognosis is largely dictated by abstinence; however, comorbid alcohol use disorder remains undertreated. Efforts to address these challenges are required to curb the AH epidemic.

PMID:37001952 | DOI:10.1016/j.mcna.2022.12.005

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