Case of the Week: Bloody Ascites and Gas Under the Diaphragm

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Bloody Ascites and Gas Under the Diaphragm

A 39 yo African American male (AAM) with a history of new onset ascites 1 week ago, cirrhosis, and end stage renal disease on hemodialysis (ESRD on HD) is admitted to the hospital from the HD unit after he was found to have fever of 39 C.


A previous CXR from 5 days ago (left); the new CXR (middle); air/fluid level close-up (right) (click to enlarge the images).

He had an ultrasound (U/S) guided paracentesis during which 700 cc of bloody fluid were drained.

What is the cause of Bloody Ascites and Gas Under the Diaphragm?

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