K70.1: Alcoholic hepatitis

Your liver is inflamed because you have drunk too much alcohol over a long period of time.

The liver is an important organ on the top right of the abdomen. For example, it helps with blood clotting and detoxifying the body. Nutrients from food are processed in the liver.

Alcohol is broken down in the liver. Your liver has been inflamed by the alcohol. Too much alcohol over an extended period of time damages the liver. As a result, the liver may not be able to function properly over time.

Damage to the liver can often make you feel weak, tired and have a low appetite. There may be a great increase in the size of the waist, or the abdomen may be painful. The whites of the eyes or the skin may turn yellow. You may bleed more intensely and for longer if you injure yourself. There may also be no symptoms at all, however.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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