The CASE STUDY
Malcolm Granger, aged 49, is rushed to intensive care in a weak, jaundiced and semi-comatose state.
He is dirty and unshaven, and demonstrates asterixis.
He lost his licence for drink-driving 2 years ago
One year ago he was hit by a car and sent to hospital
Sweating, tachycardia, rapid breathing, foul smelling breath, sclerae are deep yellow with liver being enlarged and tender.
After a day the nurses noted that he was plucking agitatedly at his sheets.
DIAGNOSIS delirium tremens, caused by acute alcohol withdrawal.
Malcolm recovered with medication (Diazepam, then clomethiazole, plus multivitamins) over the next 2 days.
A psychiatric referral was made, but Malcolm denied an alcohol problem and discharged himself.
PRESENT LABORATORY TESTS
Bilirubin : 437 umol/l (3-17 umol/L)
ALT: 1097 IU/L (5-35IU/L)
AST: 997IU/L (5-35IU/L)
ALP: 443IU/L (30-150IU/L)
Albumen: 32g/L (35-48g/L)
GGT: 640IU/L (0-50IU/L)
Urea: 8.8mmol/L (2.5-6.7mmol/L)
Creatinine: 240umol/L (70-170umol/L)
pH: 7.35 (7.4)
INR: 6.3 (1.0)
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