Alcoholic steatohepatitis, ASH. Inflammation of the liver resulting from chronic alcohol consumption caused by alcohol induced disruption of fat and protein metabolism, see alcoholism, fatty liver and Zieve's syndrome. As early symptoms fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss are visible.
For the treatment of mild cases an alcoholic abstinence over a period from 6 to 12 months is usually sufficient, combined with a balanced nutrition supplemental with vitamins and minerals. Severe cases can, however, lead to death by an acute liver failure.
AST has increased slightly, while ALT are often within the normal range. The ratio AST/ALT is usually > 1. The GGT is increased, due to the alcohol abuse. (see liver enzymes)