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Alcoholic Hepatitis: Management Strategies

Management of alcoholic hepatitis involves a comprehensive approach aimed at halting disease progression, managing symptoms, and promoting liver recovery. The cornerstone of treatment involves complete alcohol cessation to prevent further liver damage and promote healing. Patients often have malnutrition, so nutritional therapy with a focus on adequate protein intake and vitamin supplementation is crucial. Corticosteroids like prednisolone may be prescribed in severe cases to reduce liver inflammation and improve survival rates. In severe cases unresponsive to medical therapy, liver transplantation may be considered, although strict criteria must be met. Diuretics may be used cautiously to manage ascites while monitoring for renal function. Prophylactic measures such as beta-blockers may be used to reduce the risk of variceal bleeding.

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Dr. Sriram Srikakulapu

Consultant Medical Gastroenterologist, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad

Dr. Sriram Srikakulapu is a Consultant Medical Gastroenterologist at Yashoda Hospitals, Somajiguda, Hyderabad. He specializes in motility disorders, pancreatic disorders, liver diseases, endoscopic ultrasound, therapeutic ERCP, gastrointestinal critical care, and functional bowel disorders. His areas of expertise include Functional Bowel Disorders, Motility Disorders- Esophageal and Anorectal Manometry, Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Critical care, Therapeutic ERCP, Therapeutic EUS, EVL Banding and Glue Injection for Gastric Varices. He published various papers nationally and internationally.

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Management of alcoholic hepatitis involves a comprehensive approach aimed at halting disease progression, managing symptoms, and promoting liver recovery. The cornerstone of treatment involves complete alcohol cessation to prevent further liver damage and promote healing. Patients often have malnutrition, so nutritional therapy with a focus on adequate protein intake and vitamin supplementation is crucial. Corticosteroids like prednisolone may be prescribed in severe cases to reduce liver inflammation and improve survival rates. In severe cases unresponsive to medical therapy, liver transplantation may be considered, although strict criteria must be met. Diuretics may be used cautiously to manage ascites while monitoring for renal function. Prophylactic measures such as beta-blockers may be used to reduce the risk of variceal bleeding.