On being an internist in emergency medicine: a rare case of epigastric pain
Below we describe the case of a 52-year-old man admitted to our Subintensive Medicine Department for epigastric pain extended to both sides of the abdomen and associated with severe constipation. Symptoms started 5 days before hospital admission.
His medical history reported benign prostatic hypertrophy, chronic leg vein insufficiency, and a previous surgical correction of bilateral inguinal herniae.
At arrival, the patient appeared awake, calm, and no neurological deficits were noted. His skin was pale and thin. A systolic bruit emerged on the right cervical and on the peri-umbilical regions. The abdomen was distended but soft, with reduced peristaltic sounds, but no pain was evoked by palpation. Cardiac tones were regular, without added tones or murmurs. His chest was slightly kyphoscoliotic with regularly conducted breath sounds in both sides. No crackles were recorded. We observed high blood pressure values (180/100 mmHg), which were reported since the beginning of symptoms.
KeywordsVascular Ehlers–Danlos syndrome Carotid artery dissection Superior mesenteric artery dissection Critically-ill patient
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Informed consent was obtained from the patient at the discharge from our department.
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