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The jaundiced patient with haematemesis

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Dr Sarah Brown, Elizabeth Williams FRCP, PhD
Foundation Years Journal, volume 4, issue 5, p.41 (123Doc Education, London, May 2010)


A 69-year-old man with known cirrhosis secondary to alcoholic liver disease presented to the A&E department. Prior to his presentation he reported having vomited several large cupfuls of bright red blood and then proceeded to have a further 500ml of fresh haematemesis while in the department. On examination he was pale, clammy, hypotensive and peripherally shut down, with a pulse of 105/min and blood pressure 90/40. He had peripheral stigmata of chronic liver disease including icteric sclera, multiple spider naevi and palmar erythema. Abdominal examination revealed hepatosplenomegaly and ascites. He was not clinically encephalopathic. Despite previously completing a community alcohol detoxification programme he had not been able to remain abstinent and had consumed approximately 50 units of alcohol in the preceding 3 days.

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Dr Sarah Brown

Department of Gastroenterology
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2JB

Elizabeth Williams FRCP, PhD

Consultant Gastroenterologist
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Poole, UK


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