Case study- Chronic Alcoholism-A 75-year-old chronic alcoholic presents to the emergency room..

QUESTION OF THE DAY

A 75-year-old chronic alcoholic presents to the emergency room after being found on the rail road tracks passed out. On examination, he is found to have a distended abdomen that is equivalent in size to a full term pregnant woman’s belly. Which of the following functions of the liver has been compromised to cause this finding?

Ascites

A. Lipid metabolism

B. Albumin synthesis

C. Bilirubin metabolism

D. Alcohol detoxification

E. Decreased production of coagulation factors

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