Alcoholic Hepatitis Admissions of Young Adults Spike in Pandemic
In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital admissions for alcoholic hepatitis (AH) among adults aged 40 years and younger doubled in Boston's largest hospital system compared with the average of the prior 4 prepandemic years, according to a new study. Beginning March 2020, hospitals in the Mass General Brigham (MGB) system saw a numerical but not statistically significant increase in mean admissions per month of adults of all ages with AH over the control period of March 2016 to March 2020. Among those aged 40 years and younger, however, AH admissions increased significantly, said Reid Grinspoon, AB, a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School, during a presentation of the findings at The Liver Meeting 2021: American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), held online.
@mitranshu What was striking about the study was that we saw a doubling of hospitalizations, a really important benchmark of severity of disease, among very young adults