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[Features of chronic alcoholic liver and pancreatic diseases]

NEMESÁNSZKY Elemér1, DÖNGÖLŐ László1

JULY 28, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(07)

[The most common organ pathologies caused by alcohol abuse are chronic liver disorders and chronic pancreatitis. The incidence of these diseases has not yet been fully established but both are considered to be widespread in Hungary. Since there are forms which frequently occur without symptoms, clinicians might have difficulties in recognizing them. The diagnosis should be based on the results of laboratory screening tests and the findings of the physical examination. A variety of specific and functional tests should be performed. Morphologic damage of the organ can be assessed by analysing the tissuesample obtained by biopsy. In the course of the disease progression, well characterised clinical entities (syndromes) develop. Features of the most advanced stage are as follows: fibrosis of the gland causing functional insufficiency which manifests itself in marked laboratory and clinical alterations.]

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