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

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