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Alcoholic Liver Disease

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  • Posted By: mskakashka
  • March 19, 2007
  • 05:26 PM

Hi Everyone,
I'm new here, and I was hoping some of you can help me in understanding alcoholic liver disease. My husband had a biopsy done last month, we went to the follow up on Friday. My husband's hepatologist knows he's an alcoholic, and when we went to the follow up, he asked my husband if he drank the previous night. Husband said yes. Told us he had alcoholic liver disease according to biopsy, abstain from alcohol, eat right and exercise. Said they found lots of macrovesicular and microvesicular fat and some fibrosis but no cirrhosis. I asked what stage of ALD was he at. Dr. said there are no stages to ALD, I said yes there are: alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis, dr. said ALD is a broad spectrum and it is what it is. Hubby kept asking if he could drink alcohol twice a week, dr. said that shouldn't be a problem. How could someone with ALD who is an alcoholic, be told they can drink twice a week (especially when we all know alcoholics can't drink in moderation). If anyone could help me understand what stage he is at, or what complications may develop (which the dr. also didn't say), I would really appreciate it. Thanks again in advance.

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