Alcoholic liver disease other diagnostic studies

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: M. Khurram Afzal, MD [2]


Liver biopsy is used to confirm the diagnosis when alcoholic hepatitis is suspected, and to help in guiding medical treatment. Microscopic findings on biopsy that indicate alcoholic hepatitis are: Polymorphonuclear infiltration of cells, hepatic necrosis, ballooning hepatocytes, Mallory bodies within cells, and perivenular and perisinusoidal fibrosis.

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Liver Biopsy

Findings on liver biopsy in cases of alcoholic liver disease include:[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Other diagnostic tests

Biomarkers for assessing fibrosis in patients with alcoholic liver disease:[9]

  • FibroTest[10]
    • Based on α2-macroglobulin, haptoglobin, GGT, ApoA1 and bilirubin
  • FibrometerA[11]
    • Based on prothrombin time, α2-macroglobulin, hyaluronic acid and age
  • Hepascore[12]
    • Based on bilirubin, GGT, α2-macroglobulin, hyaluronic acid , age and gender

2010 AASLD/ACG Alcoholic Liver Disease Guidelines (DO NOT EDIT)[13]

Biopsy : Guidelines (DO NOT EDIT)[13]

Class I
1. " For patients with a clinical diagnosis of severe alcoholic hepatitis (AH) for whom medical treatment is contemplated, or for those in whom reasonable uncertainty exists regarding the underlying diagnosis, a liver biopsy should be considered. This decision will depend on local expertise and ability in performing a liver biopsy in patients with coagulopathy, the patient’s severity of illness, and the type of therapy under consideration (Level of evidence: C) "


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  4. Chedid A, Mendenhall CL, Tosch T, Chen T, Rabin L, Garcia-Pont P, Goldberg SJ, Kiernan T, Seeff LB, Sorrell M (1986). "Significance of megamitochondria in alcoholic liver disease". Gastroenterology. 90 (6): 1858–64. PMID 3699404.
  5. Uchida T, Kronborg I, Peters RL (1984). "Giant mitochondria in the alcoholic liver diseases--their identification, frequency and pathologic significance". Liver. 4 (1): 29–38. PMID 6700382.
  6. Fauerholdt L, Schlichting P, Christensen E, Poulsen H, Tygstrup N, Juhl E (1983). "Conversion of micronodular cirrhosis into macronodular cirrhosis". Hepatology. 3 (6): 928–31. PMID 6629323.
  7. Anthony PP, Ishak KG, Nayak NC, Poulsen HE, Scheuer PJ, Sobin LH (1978). "The morphology of cirrhosis. Recommendations on definition, nomenclature, and classification by a working group sponsored by the World Health Organization". J. Clin. Pathol. 31 (5): 395–414. PMC 1145292. PMID 649765.
  8. Van Eyken P, Sciot R, Desmet VJ (1988). "A cytokeratin immunohistochemical study of alcoholic liver disease: evidence that hepatocytes can express 'bile duct-type' cytokeratins". Histopathology. 13 (6): 605–17. PMID 2466751.
  9. Mueller S, Seitz HK, Rausch V (2014). "Non-invasive diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease". World J. Gastroenterol. 20 (40): 14626–41. doi:10.3748/wjg.v20.i40.14626. PMC 4209529. PMID 25356026.
  10. Naveau S, Gaudé G, Asnacios A, Agostini H, Abella A, Barri-Ova N, Dauvois B, Prévot S, Ngo Y, Munteanu M, Balian A, Njiké-Nakseu M, Perlemuter G, Poynard T (2009). "Diagnostic and prognostic values of noninvasive biomarkers of fibrosis in patients with alcoholic liver disease". Hepatology. 49 (1): 97–105. doi:10.1002/hep.22576. PMID 19053048.
  11. Naveau S, Raynard B, Ratziu V, Abella A, Imbert-Bismut F, Messous D, Beuzen F, Capron F, Thabut D, Munteanu M, Chaput JC, Poynard T (2005). "Biomarkers for the prediction of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic alcoholic liver disease". Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 3 (2): 167–74. PMID 15704051.
  12. Calès P, Oberti F, Michalak S, Hubert-Fouchard I, Rousselet MC, Konaté A, Gallois Y, Ternisien C, Chevailler A, Lunel F (2005). "A novel panel of blood markers to assess the degree of liver fibrosis". Hepatology. 42 (6): 1373–81. doi:10.1002/hep.20935. PMID 16317693.
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