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[The outcome of patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis].

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Abstract

We investigated the outcome of the patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis who had visited our hospital from 2007 to 2013. We compared them with the patients with type C liver cirrhosis, matched in gender and in age. The patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis who dropped out accounted for 19.3% (17 cases) of the whole. In 401 days of mean treatment period, the median value of the dropout patients was 43 days, indicating that a number of the patients dropped out in an early stage. The percentage of abstinence from alcoholic drinking was 35.3% in the dropout groups, whereas it was 67.6% in the non-dropout groups. It was conceivable that the abstinence was difficult for the dropout groups to perform. The percentage of the dropout in patients receiving livelihood protection was 35.7%, which was higher than that in general patients. There were no differences of the rate of dropout in general patients between alcoholic and type C liver cirrhosis. Since none of the patients with type C liver cirrhosis receiving livelihood protection dropped out, it was speculated that the cause of liver cirrhosis may be related to the rate of dropout. In summary, a number of patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis have a difficulty in abstinence from alcoholic drinking. We also have to be careful to the high rate of dropout in patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis receiving livelihood protection. In addition, it was thought that early incentive and education were important for these patients.

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