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Vol. 83. Issue 4.
Pages 453-454 (October - December 2018)
Vol. 83. Issue 4.
Pages 453-454 (October - December 2018)
Clinical image in Gastroenterology
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Fulminant amoebic colitis with cecal pneumatosis
Colitis amibiana fulminante con neumatosis cecal
U. Rodríguez-Wonga,
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, U. Rodríguez-Medinab
a Hospital Ángeles Lindavista, Mexico City, Mexico
b Facultad Mexicana de Medicina, Universidad La Salle, Mexico City, Mexico
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A 67-year-old man had a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus. He sought medical attention for the 7-day progression of 6 to 7 diarrheic stools with mucus and blood per day, fever, nausea, and vomiting of stomach content. He presented with stabbing abdominal pain the last 3 days that began in the lower right quadrant and then became generalized. Physical examination revealed tachycardia, tachypnea, and hyperthermia of 38.7° C. He had acute abdomen with muscle resistance, a positive Blumberg's sign, and reduced peristalsis. Laboratory test results showed leukocytosis, neutrophilia, and bandemia. Plain abdominal x-rays in the standing and decubitus positions identified bowel segment distension and pneumatosis of the wall of the cecum (figs. 1 and 2). Laparotomy revealed areas of necrosis in the entire colon, with fibrinopurulent secretion and crepitation in the cecum. Subtotal colectomy was performed (fig. 3). Indirect hemagglutionation and PCR testing supported the diagnosis of invasive amoebiasis. The histopathology study reported hematophagous trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica in the wall of the colon1,2 and lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate (fig. 4).

Figure 1.

Radiologic image showing bowel segment distension and pneumatosis in the cecum.

Figure 2.

Radiologic image showing pneumatosis in the cecum in greater detail.

Figure 3.

Surgical specimen from the subtotal colectomy.

Figure 4.

Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites in the wall of the colon, identified in the histopathology study of the patient.

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Please cite this article as: Rodríguez-Wong U, Rodríguez-Medina U. Colitis amibiana fulminante con neumatosis cecal. Revista de Gastroenterología de México. 2018;83:453–454.

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