The Hospitalist: How Should a Hospitalized Patient with Newly Diagnosed Cirrhosis Be Evaluated and Managed?

A 50-year-old man with no known medical history presents with two months of increasing abdominal distension. Exam is notable for scleral icterus, telangiectasias on the upper chest, abdominal distention with a positive fluid wave, and bilateral pitting lower-extremity edema.

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