Alcoholic Liver Disease

How is Alcoholic Liver Disease Diagnosed?

Because there is no specific test that can accurately diagnose alcoholic liver disease, a combination of tests are performed such as the following:

  • Medical history and physical examination – The patient will answer questions regarding lifestyle habits and health history, including alcohol use, and conduct a physical exam
  • Blood tests – These check for high levels of certain liver related enzymes
  • Ultrasound – This test may reveal an enlarged liver or other liver problems
  • Liver biopsy – A small tissue sample is removed from the liver using a long thin needle and then examined under a microscope

American Liver Foundation “Alcoholic Liver Disease” Retrieved March 4, 2011

Mayo Clinic “Alcoholic Hepatitis” Retrieved March 4, 2011

Medline Plus “Alcoholic Liver Disease” Retrieved March 4, 2011

Palmer, M.D., Melissa. Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease. New York: Avery Trade, 2004.

Worman, MD Howard J. The Liver Disorders and Hepatitis Sourcebook. McGraw-Hill, 2006

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