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Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease


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JK was a 47-year-old white male with a long history of very heavy drinking. He had been complaining of weakness, diarrhea, and pain in the upper right quadrant of his abdomen. One day he collapsed and was brought to the emergency room. It was observed that JK had jaundice, hepatomegaly, and marked ascites. Laboratory tests revealed the presence of anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and blood coagulation defects. JK was admitted to the hospital with cirrhosis which is the end stage of alcoholic liver disease. Many of the essential metabolic functions of his liver were severely impaired. Continue Reading >


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