Our Imaging Case of the Month is presented as a part of the Imaging Department's residency teaching program. Each month a resident collaborates with one of our attending imaging physicians to present an interesting case to the Cedars-Sinai medical community. The case is used to teach both imaging and other residents at Cedars-Sinai. Below is the current Case of the Month.
Submitted by Sardius Chen, MD, and Thomas J. Learch, MD
- This is a 42-year-old patient with four-day history of intermittent cramping abdominal pain for the past few months, which acutely worsened six days prior to admission in the lower abdomen to a sharp and constant quality.
- She also has loose stools with blood clots (denies previous episodes) and bilious vomiting.
- The patient has never had a colonoscopy and denies aspirin or NSAID use.
- She had one previous admission one week prior to this presentation at another hospital where she was treated empirically for colitis with antibiotics and discharged with follow-up for suspected inflammatory bowel disease.
- Patient denies fevers or rashes.
- The patient reports family history of ulcerative colitis.
- Additional prior GI workup includes an endoscopy in 2011 for vomiting, which showed mild esophagitis on biopsy.
- She was started on a proton pump inhibitor with symptomatic improvement.
Medical and Surgical History
- Adenomyosis s/p TAH
- Carpal tunnel release
- Lipoma resection
- 1 week prior: Initial vitals with no fever, HR <90. WBC 18, Hgb 13.6. CRP 0.92.
- This presentation: Afebrile, HR 64, BP 146/94, RR 18, SpO2 98 % RA
- General: Alert, cooperative, no distress, appears stated age.
- Pulmonary: Clear to auscultation bilaterally.
- Heart: Normal rate and regular rhythm, S1, S2 normal, no murmur.
- Abdomen: Soft, distended. Minimal tenderness in upper quadrants with deep palpation without rebound or guarding. Minimal bowel sounds throughout.
- Extremities: Extremities normal, atraumatic, no cyanosis or edema.
- WBC 12.4 Hgb 12.2, Hct 34.8, Plt 306/ CRP 11.7/ K 3.3, Cr 0.5, Alb 3.4; otherwise Chem 14 WNL
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