A 55-year-old male with a history of hepatic cirrhosis secondary to Hepatitis C and alcohol abuse presented to an outside hospital with progressive abdominal pain and distension. The patient initially complained of “punching” right upper quadrant and epigastric abdominal pain that was 10/10 in intensity and non-radiating. Although the pain had started one to two days prior to presentation, the patient had been experiencing several weeks of increasing abdominal distension. He reported drinking eight 40oz beers daily for over 40 years, and he felt that the abdominal pain improved slightly with cessation of alcohol use. The patient complained of nausea and non-bloody, non-bilious vomiting, progressive dyspnea on exertion, and worsening lower extremity edema. He denied fevers or chills.
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