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Diagnostic Tests for Alcohol use

Diagnostic Test list for Alcohol use:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Alcohol use includes:

  • General facial appearance - plethoric face, puffy greasy face, spider veins on face, rosacea and rhinophyma( all indicative of chronic alcohol use ); blood shot eyes, smell of stale alcohol.
  • Physical examination - looking for signs of liver disease or complications of alcohol abuse e.g. anemia, high blood pressure, enlarged heart, arrhythmia, gout.
  • Blood tests
    • Serum gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) elevated in chronic drinkers and returns to normal with cessation of intake
    • Large red cell size with chronic alcohol use
    • Anemia may be present due to blood loss , iron deficiency , folate deficiency or bone marrow toxicity all as a result of alcohol abuse
    • Low platelet count - with chronic alcohol use due to bone marrow toxicity.
    • Abnormal liver function tests - in alcohol liver disease , cirrhosis.
    • Elevated Uric acid - with chronic alcohol use.
    • Elevated triglycerides - with chronic alcohol use.
    • Vitamin B1 - low with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.
    • Coagulation studies - prolonged PT in chronic alcohol use and alcohol liver disease.
  • Liver Ultrasound scan - can detect fatty liver, cirrhosis.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Alcohol use causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Alcohol use:

The following list of conditions have 'Alcohol use' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Alcohol use:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Alcohol use' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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