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[Value of laboratory tests in alcohol abuse and alcoholic organ injuries]

NEMESÁNSZKY Elemér1, JUHÁSZ Péter1

APRIL 28, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(04)

[Alcohol has a toxic effect on the whole body. Alcohol abuse must be considered as one of the risk-factors to be able to challenge a broad spectrum of organ injuries. Chronic alcoholism, however, is a disease. In order to take preventive measures and to discover the early stages of organ damage caused by alcohol abuse, it is important to conduct those laboratory tests which can help to reveal the under Tyingetiology. With regular alcohol intake, the activity of serum enzymes (GGT, SGOT) and the SGOT/SGPT-index become elevated and the mean corpuscular volume of red cells (MCV) will increase. On the basis of their own experiences and supported by data found in the literature, the authors point out that regular alcohol intake cannot be proved by a single test. To enhance the specificity as well as the sensitivity of the laboratory tests, a combination of parameters must be obtained and tests should be repeated after a certain abstention period.]

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