Fast Five Quiz: Alcoholism (Alcohol Use Disorder)

Steve Soreff, MD

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January 24, 2023

The following are signs of chronic alcoholism:

  • Spider angioma

  • Enlarged spleen

  • Testicular atrophy

  • Anemia

  • Cancer

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Dupuytren contractures (also may be congenital)

  • Enlarged or shrunken liver

  • Gout

  • Gynecomastia

  • Hypertension

  • Neuropathy

  • Seizures

  • Serious infections

The following are signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal:

  • Agitation and anxiety

  • Diaphoresis

  • Headache

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Seizures

  • Tremor

  • Visual and auditory hallucinations: many patients who are not disoriented, and who therefore do not have delirium tremens, have hallucinations.

The following are signs of delirium tremens (ie, alcohol withdrawal delirium):

  • Delirium

  • Tachycardia and hypertension

  • Temperature elevation

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