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A 35-year-old man comes to a new physician for a ...

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Gynecomastia, spider angiomata, and hypogonadism (as well as palmar erythema) are all signs of excess estrogen. The liver in patients with hepatic disease is impaired and so cannot clear estrogen sufficiently. Six 12 oz beers daily (72 oz, or half a gallon) is too much, and is destroying his liver.

uslme123  No hepatosplenomegaly, ascites, or edema through me off. We that being said, I shied away from cirrhosis. I thought that he showed signed of depression, so I went with the thyroid. But who's to say he isn't injection anabolic steroids?! +1  
catch-22  The principle is you can get liver dysfunction without having HSM, ascites, etc. Liver disease is on a progressive spectrum. +2  
notadoctor  He likely has hepatitis B/C given his history of intravenous drug use. I believe both can have liver dysfunction but may or may not have ascites, whereas the type of damage we would expect from alcohol that would match this presentation would also show ascites. +  
charcot_bouchard  For Ascities u need to have portal HTN. Thats a must. (unless exudative cause like Malignancy) +