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Alcoholic Live Disease

Alcoholic liver disease occurs due to excessive consumption of alcohol. Consuming excessive alcohol can damage the liver leading to fat buildup, inflammation, and scarring. Some of the symptoms include jaundice, edema, fever and shivering, blood in vomit and stools, and bleeding.

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There is a six-month waitlist for a liver transplant. What are our options?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother, 46, has ALD cirrhosis. He was admitted to a hospital. Day-6 now. And is undergoing withdrawal and other treatment. MELD score is 22-24; ammonia 40 (down from 70). Low platelets, lot of bruises from falling pre-admittance. Signs of advanced hepatic encephalopathy. Treatment ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, you need to understand that alternative therapies do not work in acute severe states. You can consider them later once he recovers. At this point of time, apart from medical management that is already being done, you can discuss with your doctor for liver ...  Read Full »

My husband's liver enzyme values are elevated. What should we do now?

Query: Hi doctor,My husband is 26 years old. He is currently taking tablet Lamotrigine 25 mg, Alprazolam 1 mg, and Buspirone 5 mg. His blood investigations show ALT is 102, AST is 55, and alkaline phosphatase is 128. He does not have any symptoms. What do these values mean? What should we do now?Kindly giv...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern.The report shows that your husband's liver enzymes are raised.From the history provided in his reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), he is overweight with a BMI (body mass index) of about 29 and consumes alcohol. He is al...  Read Full »

Does alcoholic cirrhosis with black stool indicate liver failure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 59 years old. I was diagnosed with hepatitis C alcoholic cirrhosis, acute pancreatitis and that was almost two years. I am currently taking Levothyroxine 50 mg once daily, Labetalol Hydrochloride 100 mg once daily, Lisinopril 20 mg once daily. I was in the hospital at first to sta...  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Black stools are indicative of acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Melena or black stools can also turn into a medical emergency if a lot of blood is lost and hence my sincere advice to you would be to go see a doctor as soon as possible. This does not signify liver f...  Read Full »

I have been drinking heavily, and my blood test results show high leukocytes, neutrophil levels, and GGT. Should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old female, and I have been drinking heavily, around 8 to 12 units per day, for the past six years. I recently had some bloodwork done and am concerned about the results. My lab results indicate that my leukocytes are 9.6, neutrophilocytes are 6.31, GGT is 52 u/l, B12 vi...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. I have thoroughly reviewed your case history and the attached files (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Here are my observations and recommendations: Your alcohol consumption level is re...  Read Full »

Can I get a second opinion on my diagnosis of alcoholic liver cirrhosis?

Query: Hello doctor, A month ago, I was diagnosed with alcoholic liver cirrhosis based on the fibroscan result, which was 15 kPa, liver function test, and elevated ALT, AST, and Gamma GT, which were 145 U/L, 79 U/L, and 90 U/L, respectively. These tests were conducted three times. At the time of the test, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the reports you have uploaded, and well, this is cirrhosis. A kPa (kilopascal) value of more than 12 is considered fibrosis or cirrhosis, and your kPa value is 15. So the current state of your liver function is assessed by some blood tests plus an ultrasound of...  Read Full »

My uncle who has jaundice, liver and kidney issues along with severe hypertensive gastropathy consumes alcohol and has swollen legs and stomach. Please help..

Query: Hi doctor, My uncle is having liver and kidney issues and has severe hypertensive gastropathy. But he is consuming alcohol while he is having jaundice, and now his stomach and both legs are swollen. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Karanwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Firstly, liver damage (may be permanent or irreversible), gastropathy, kidney involvement, and possibly even the swelling of the stomach and legs) are due to chronic alcohol consumption. Kidney failure and swelling over the body can be du...  Read Full »

Are my liver enzymes elevated in my liver function test reports?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a liver function test and the results showing as AST-99, ALT 178, and GGT 84. How serious are these?  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, the seriousness of this depends upon what causing this nearly double rise in ALT (Alanine transaminase) and AST (Aspartate transaminase) levels. But generally speaking, they are not that much worse. The values above five times the normal are usually severe. You...  Read Full »

What should I do to lower my raised GGT values?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 37 years old. My GGT value is high 330, and I am an alcoholic. I have stopped alcohol for 15 days. I do not have any symptoms regarding this issue. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Here GGT (gamma glutamyl transferase) is not the only value that is raised, but other liver enzymes are too in abnormal ranges. If you are destined to stop alcohol, then I think you need not w...  Read Full »

What does high ALT with heavy alcohol consumption indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have attached the files of my liver and wanted a doctor to review them. I am currently on Losartan 50 mg.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is very difficult to comment on your liver status just based on an image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Have they not provided you a report of this scan? For what symptoms were these tests are conducted. Revert with the asked details for bett...  Read Full »

What does high ALT and AST values with abdominal distension in chronic alcoholic indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 49 years old and I have been drinking approximately 350 ml of vodka every day for approximately 10-15 years. I also have smoked half pack a day for 30 years but just recently quit. For the past year and a half (maybe even two years) I have had diarrhea daily. I went to a doctor w...  Read Full »

Dr. Patel Hirenkumar Prakashbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think there are multiple issues. You need proper workup. Your ALT (alanine transaminase) / AST (aspartate transaminase) are due to alcohol-related liver disease, better is to do USG (ultrasound) abdomen. Other issues are, I had gone through your blood reports (at...  Read Full »

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