Alcohol Abuse and Unusual Abdominal Pain in a 49-Year-Old

Gregory Taylor, DO; Michael Semple, DO; Matthew Warpinski, DO


October 02, 2020

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A 49-year-old man with a significant medical history of alcohol abuse, tobacco dependence, and pancreatitis presents to the emergency department (ED) with abdominal pain that has lasted for 3 days. The abdominal pain has been intermittent, achy, and located in the periumbilical region. Associated symptoms have included nausea and vomiting, with several episodes of watery, brown diarrhea.

The patient reports a history of alcohol abuse, stating that he has ingested at least 1 pint a day since he was a teenager. He states that this pain feels different from the pain associated with his last bout of pancreatitis.


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