Acute alcohol withdrawal and alcoholic hepatitis are common scenarios presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) and the ward. Recognition, investigation and management principles are imperative to prevent serious complications.
Alcoholic hepatitis accounts for 3.3 million deaths worldwide and reports show an average mortality of 6.7% with acute alcoholic hepatitis, rising significantly with increased severity. It is characterised by acute inflammation of the liver due to excessive recent alcohol intake concomitant with COAGULOPATHY and JAUNDICE.
Dr Liz Sweeney is a specialist hepatology registrar at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. In this episode, she talks to us about acute alcohol withdrawal and alcoholic hepatitis with key advice to junior doctors working in hospitals.
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