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Glucocorticoids plus N-acetylcysteine in severe alcoholic hepatitis.

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Summary of "Glucocorticoids plus N-acetylcysteine in severe alcoholic hepatitis."

Mortality among patients with severe acute alcoholic hepatitis is high, even among those treated with glucocorticoids. We investigated whether combination therapy with glucocorticoids plus N-acetylcysteine would improve survival.

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Service d'Hépato-Gastroentérologie, Amiens University Hospital, and Equipe Région INSERM 24, University of Picardy, Amiens, France. nguyen-khac.eric@chu-amiens.fr

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Name: The New England journal of medicine
ISSN: 1533-4406
Pages: 1781-9

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