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Vol. 80. Issue 4.
Pages 276-277 (October - December 2015)
Vol. 80. Issue 4.
Pages 276-277 (October - December 2015)
Clinical image in Gastroenterology
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Epiploic appendagitis in an 80-year-old woman, an uncommon cause of acute abdominal pain in the elderly
Apendicitis epiploica en una mujer de 80 años, una causa poco frecuente de abdomen agudo en el anciano
A. González-Garcíaa,
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, M. Escribano-Pérezb, S. Diz Fariñaa
a Internal Medicine Service, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain
b Radiodiagnosis Service, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Madrid, Spain
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An 80-year-old woman with a past history of high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and overweight was admitted for symptoms of respiratory infection accompanied by partial respiratory failure. Seventy-two hours after her admission, her initial clinical symptoms were stabilized and the patient complained of nonspecific abdominal discomfort accompanied by nausea and general malaise. Physical examination revealed abdominal rigidity in the right lower quadrant; a computed tomography scan was ordered and it identified epiploic appendagitis (fig. 1A), together with important trabeculation of the locoregional fat (fig. 1B). The patient was put in a fasting state, hydrated intravenously, and given analgesics. Her clinical symptoms improved over the following 3 days and there was no need for surgery.

Figure 1.

A) A 2×3mm oval-shaped image is seen at the greater omentum, near the left flank, surrounded by inflammatory changes and a small quantity of free fluid, consistent with epiploic appendagitis as a first possibility. B) A 3×3mm image, immediately adjacent to the previous image, consistent with circumscript inflammatory changes in the epiploic fat of the left flank with a small quantity of free fluid.

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The authors wish to thank Dr. José Perales.

Please cite this article as: González-García A, Escribano-Pérez M, Diz Fariña S. Apendicitis epiploica en una mujer de 80 años, una causa poco frecuente de abdomen agudo en el anciano. Revista de Gastroenterología de México. 2015;80:276–277

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