Saturday, April 18, 2015

Alcohol-induced 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.

Civil Hospital, the biggest referral centre in western India, reports the highest number of 270 patients of liver cirrhosis a month. This is followed by V S Hospital 230, Shardaben Hospital 200 and LG Hospital 180.

Leading private hospitals near Doordarshan Kendra, Sola, Gurukul and Gandhinagar also see around 80 liver cirrhosis patients every month.

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

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