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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 96-97
Young male presenting with features of pneumonitis

Department of Surgery, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India

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Date of Web Publication12-Mar-2013

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Marwah S, Gurawalia J. Young male presenting with features of pneumonitis. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2013;19:96-7

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Marwah S, Gurawalia J. Young male presenting with features of pneumonitis. Saudi J Gastroenterol [serial online] 2013 [cited 2021 Sep 28];19:96-7. Available from:

A 23-year-old male was admitted in emergency with high-grade fever and pain in the right lower chest for the last 1 week. He developed productive cough with copious amount of reddish brown sputum, for the last 2 days. On examination, he was found to be febrile with a temperature of 101°F, a pulse rate of 110/min, respiratory rate of 30/min, and blood pressure (BP) within normal range. His blood investigations were within normal limits. On examination, there was intercostal tenderness in the right lower chest and abdominal examination was normal. Chest auscultation revealed decreased breath sounds in the right base with bronchial breathing and coarse crepts. Chest X-ray revealed non-homogeneous opacity in the right lower zone with obliteration of the costophrenic angle [Figure 1]. The patient was previously being treated on lines of pneumonitis with broad-spectrum antibiotics and expectorants but there was no response. On admission, ultrasound of the abdomen revealed a 5.7 × 6.0 cm hypo-echoic lesion in segment VII of the liver. Thereafter, contrast-enhanced computerized tomographic (CT) scan of the abdomen and chest was performed [Figure 2] and a definitive diagnosis was made. The patient was given specific treatment and he improved dramatically.
Figure 1: Chest X-ray showing non-homogeneous opacity in the right lower zone, with obliteration of the right costophrenic angle

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Figure 2: Contrast-enhanced CT scan of the abdomen showing a 5.0 × 6.0 cm liver abscess with air in it seen in segment VII of the liver, reaching the sub-diphragmatic space and communicating with the right pleural cavity. There is collapse and consolidation of the adjoining lung

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Q1. What is the final diagnosis?

Q2. What is the specific treatment for the disease?

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Sanjay Marwah
2452, Sector I, HUDA, Rohtak, Haryana- 124 001
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.108486

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