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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 153-154
A 70 year old male with abdominal pain

Department of Surgical Specialties, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

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Meshikhes AWN, Al-Najjar H. A 70 year old male with abdominal pain. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2007;13:153-4

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A 70-year-old male was admitted because of fatigability, right hypochondriac and right iliac fossa pain and vomiting of one day's duration. He was a known hypertensive and diabetic on oral hypoglycemics. On examination, his vital signs were normal, but there was tenderness on deep palpation of his right hypochondrial area. His white cell count was normal, but his liver enzyme levels were elevated and the urine was turbid with many pus cells and abundant bacteria. Citrobacter braakii was isolated on urine culture, so he was treated initially for urinary tract infection.

Abdominal ultrasonography showed a small hypoechoic liver lesion and thick-walled gallbladder with stones. Further evaluation of the liver lesion confirmed liver hemangioma. He was discharged but was readmitted with right upper quadrant pain and fever. He was not jaundiced or tachycardic but was pyrexial (temperature 38.5C) and the gallbladder was palpable and tender. The leukocyte count was normal but liver enzymes were moderately elevated. Plain abdominal X-ray and computed tomographic (CT) scan were performed [Figure - 1],[Figure - 2].

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Abdul-Wahed N Meshikhes
Department of Surgical Specialties, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Eastern Province
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.33472

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