What is the role of alcohol abstinence in the treatment of fatty liver disease?

Updated: Apr 12, 2018
  • Author: Emily Tommolino, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Abstinence from alcohol may reverse steatosis in patients with alcohol-related fatty liver. The steatosis usually resolves within 2 weeks of discontinuance of alcohol. Almost all authorities agree that abstinence from alcohol improves survival and is the cornerstone of long-term management in these patients. Management of patients with alcoholism and fatty liver often requires recognition and treatment of alcohol withdrawal.


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