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Philosophical Differences Between Western and Chinese Medicine:

Part 1: Western Medicine
Part 2: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Part 3: Modern Chinese Medicine

 
Liver Disorders
Hepatitis C
Liver Fibrosis
Alcoholic Hepatitis
Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) or Fatty Liver  
Auto-Immune Hepatitis
Cholestatic Hepatitis
 

Chronic Lyme Disease


IBS/Crohn's Disease


 

Modern Chinese Medicine and Supportive Therapies for Cancer Patients
Artemisinin and its Derivatives
 



 



 





Alcoholic Liver Disease:

Introduction

How Alcohol Causes Liver Damage


Clinical Features of Alcoholic Hepatitis


Complications of Alcoholic Hepatitis


MCM Treatments for Alcoholic Hepatitis


Prognosis of Alcoholic Hepatitis

 
Complications of Alcoholic Hepatitis
 
  1. Steatosis (fatty liver): The liver becomes swelled and the total weight of the liver increases to 2 to 2.5 kg (a normal liver weighs approximately 1.5kg). In severe cases, the liver can weigh as much as 4 to 4.5 kg. Under microscopy, the liver cells are filled with fat.
  2. Inflammation: The liver tissue shows acute or chronic inflammation and liver cells show degeneration and necrosis. Inflammatory cells infiltrate in the liver lobes and resulting in fibrosis, and eventually cirrhosis.
  3. Intrahepaticbile retention: Jaundice deepening and noticeable swelling of the liver, stomachache, fevers, marked elevation of bilirubin and AKP.  ALT and AST elevation is usually mild.
  4. Zieve syndrome: This syndrome has three major characters, jaundice, high blood lipids, and hemolytic anemia. It will usually heal when the patient stops alcohol consumption completely.
  5. Alcoholic hypoglycemia: When a drinker eats very little food and drinks a lot of alcohol, hypoglycemia can happen. Symptoms include palpitation, profound sweating, loss of consciousness and other neurological symptoms. This can be treated with IV glucose dripping.
  6. Liver failure: After the initial onset, the disease develops dramatically and the symptoms are similar to fulminant hepatitis. It often comes with hepatic coma, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, and secondary infections. It is a dangerous complication and has a high mortality rate.     


 

 

 

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