Thursday, January 8, 2015
A 35 year old woman is brought in by her boyfriend because of abdominal pain. She's noted to have a fever by the emergency department triage nurse. On exam, you note some abdominal distension, lower extremity edema, jaundice, and confusion. Apparently, these changes have happened over the last few weeks. AST/ALT are in the 400 range, alkaline phosphatase 350, and bilirubin 4. The paracentesis shows high serum to ascites protein gradient.
Challenge: What's the diagnosis?
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