Transient polycythemia and multi-organ failure due to acute alcohol ingestion. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Relative polycythemia is characterized by elevated hematocrit with normal red cell mass and results from decreased plasma volume. We present a case of a 39-year-old man who had at least two episodes of severe relative polycythemia and multi-organ failure following acute alcohol ingestion. Although the acute dehydrating effects of alcohol are well known, they usually result in an indolent course. This is the first report of recurrent severe polycythemia and multi-organ failure following acute alcohol consumption.

publication date

  • January 1, 2000