Frank Hershey is a 60-year-old male who is brought to the Emergency Department following an automobile accident. The car Frank was driving swerved off the road into the median, where the car’s front end hit a highway bridge. Frank is treated for minor injuries, and several lab tests are ordered. Frank’s blood alcohol level (BAL) is .20% (0.20%), and his liver enzymes are elevated. Assessment findings include lethargy, an enlarged liver on palpation, jaundiced skin and sclera, and ascites. Frank is admitted for further evaluation with a medical diagnosis of cirrhosis.
- Discuss which lab values you anticipate will be elevated.
- Explain how the symptoms displayed are connected to the lab values you anticipate. Choose at least two symptoms and explain in detail. (You may also discuss symptoms you might anticipate but that are not listed in the scenario, there are many. Please provide rationale).