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Oral 18 Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis in the United States: Clinical Characteristics, Outcomes and Relationship with PNPLA3 Genotype and Coffee Drinking
Author Insight from Naga P. Chalasani, MD, FACG, Indiana University School of Medicine
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
Acute alcoholic hepatitis still carries quite mortality. There may be predisposition to acute alcoholic hepatitis among heavy drinkers who carry PNPLA3 G/G genotype. Interestingly, coffee drinking offered protection against alcoholic hepatitis among heavy drinkers.
What do patients need to know?
Heavy drinking is deleterious. If patients develop any liver symptoms (dark urine, yellowness of their eyes), they should stop drinking immediately. Coffee drinking may be beneficial for those who drink heavily but it will not mitigate the numerous risks associated with heavy drinking.
Naga P. Chalasani, MD, FACG, Indiana University School of Medicine
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