Acute alcoholic hepatitis almost exclusively effects patients with alcohol use disorder, either patients with chronic alcohol use or patients who binge drink alcohol. Prevalence is increased among individuals aged 20-60 years, where alcohol use tends to be the highest.
Some patients with alcoholic hepatitis are asymptomatic, and those who present typically have nonspecific symptoms including malaise, nausea, jaundice, and low-grade fever. Additionally, patients may present with complications of impaired liver function and acute liver failure including confusion and lethargy from hepatic encephalopathy, bleeding varices, or ascites.
Physical examination typically reveals fever, tachycardia, tachypnea, tender hepatomegaly, jaundice, ascites, and hepatic encephalopathy.
K70.10 – Alcoholic hepatitis without ascites
235875008 – Alcoholic Hepatitis
- Acute viral hepatitis (A, B, C)
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
- Acetaminophen toxicity
- Drug-induced hepatotoxicity or drug reactions
- Toxin-induced hepatitis (mushroom poisoning, carbon tetrachloride)
- Ischemic hepatitis
- Budd-Chiari syndrome
- HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets)
- Wilson disease
- Autoimmune hepatitis