Monday, June 15, 2015

Alcoholic liver disease on rise in dry Gujarat

Ironically, close to 1,000 cases of liver cirrhosis are reported every month in dry Gujarat. Nearly 80% of these cases reported in various government and private hospitals of Ahmedabad are related to alcohol.

Many of the leading hospitals in big cities of Gujarat report hundreds of cases every month.

Cirrhosis is a slowly progressing disease where healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, which can lead to organ failure.

For many patients, cirrhosis degenerate into fourth state cancer and they die during the course of treatment.

Most of patients are males. The symptoms include rapid deterioration in kidney function, low oxygen levels in the blood of arteries, altered consciousness, accumulation of fluid in peritoneal cavity and peritonitis, an inflammation of peritoneum (thin tissue that covers most of abdominal organs).

It is not just the old who put their lives in peril due to the demon drink, but the young are also getting addicted to it. Many of the patients are in the age-group of 25 to 40 who are habitual drinkers. Prolonged alcohol misuse can cause long-term liver damage which is further aggravated by Hepatitis B and sedentary lifestyle.


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