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Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is a clinical manifestation on the spectrum of alcoholic liver diseases related to alcohol consumption. The mildest of these diseases is fatty liver, which can progress to AH and then lead to cirrhosis with continual alcohol use. Alcohol is the leading cause of liver disease in the world and the third most common cause of preventable death in the United States (1, 2). This goes to show that alcohol use is a major problem and the clinical diseases that arise from its use are extremely prevalent among hospitalized patients. Recently, there has been ample research into the pathophysiology, management, and treatment of AH in the hospitalized patient; however, the mainstay of treatment has not changed even though many theoretical options are being investigated.
Am J Hosp Med 2018 Apr;2(2):2018.007 https://doi.org/10.24150/ajhm/2018.007