A Soccer Player With Sudden Severe Abdominal Pain and Fever

Anusuya Mokashi, MD; Dhana Rekha Selvaraj, MD, MBBS; Chandrasekar Palaniswamy, MD; Ali Nawaz Khan, MBBS, FRCS, FRCP, FRCR; Klaus L. Irion, MD, PhD


December 07, 2020

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A 50-year-old man presents to the emergency department with a 2-day history of fever and persistent left upper quadrant pain that resulted from a minor blow. Three days before presentation, the patient was playing in his weekly soccer game when he was kicked in his left upper quadrant. Initially, he only felt some soreness in the affected region of his abdomen; however, the pain persisted. The following day, it intensified and was accompanied by a recorded fever of 102°F (38.9°C).

An episode of worsened pain occurred while the patient was trying to relax and watch a football game on the television. He cannot cite any alleviating or aggravating factors and has not noted any changes in his bowel movements. The patient does not report any nausea, vomiting, melena, or hematochezia. His medical history is significant only for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), for which he takes esomeprazole. The patient has not taken any medication for the abdominal pain.


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