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ALCOHOLIC LIVER DISEASE IN A PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

By S.K. Shankar, Rajat Ray, Nimesh G. Desai, M. Gentiana, K. Taranath Shetty and D.K. Subbakrishna

Abstract

Liver biopsy was analysed for 41 alcoholics, satisfying RDC criteria. Alcoholic liver disease was diagnosed as per the guidelines from the WHO/ICMR Workshop. For the entire group mean consumption of alcohol was 183.lg. of ethanol for an average of 9.7 years. Only 5 persons (12.2%) had normal liver. Six persons (14.6%) had Fatty liver, 23 (56.1%) had alcoholic hepatitis, and 4(9.7%) had precirrhosis and cirrhosis. Biochemical analysis showed that alcoholics had elevated values of SGOT, SGPT and GGT as compared to control non - drinker population. Malnutrition did not appear to be a contaminating factor for the observed histopathological findings

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Publisher: Medknow Publications
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3172496
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