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Consultant Vol 43 No 4

A 60-year-old man presented to the emergency department (ED) with fever of 1 day’s duration and midabdominal pain. The cramping pain had begun 3 days earlier in a bandlike distribution around the upper abdomen. Ingestion of food exacerbated the discomfort. The patient had a history of intermittent constipation; he denied alcohol or illicit drug use, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss. He did not use any herbal or over-the-counter medications.

The parents of a 6-year-old girl were concerned about the hyperpigmentation of their child’s fingers. Two weeks earlier, lime juice was accidentally spilled on the patient’s fingers during a barbecue on a sunny beach. By the following morning, the affected digits had turned red. A few days later, the erythematous areas became hyperpigmented.

A painful, 4.8-cm nodule developed over 3 weeks on the face of a 76-year-old man. The results of a generous shave biopsy suggested a keratoacanthoma, a benign but locally destructive tumor that typically arises abruptly and enlarges rapidly. Curettage and desiccation were subsequently performed.

Several lesions had appeared 1 week earlier on the left distal thigh of a 47-year-old woman. The affected area featured erythema with irregular faded borders and central redness with very fine papules over the L3 dermatome. The indurated and tender central areas suggested inflammation or necrosis. There were no vesicles and there was no drainage.

During surgical resection for colon cancer, an 8.5-cm diverticulum was found incidentally in a 70-year-old man. The lesion arose from the antimesenteric surface of the terminal ileum; it was located about 2 ft proximal to the ileocecal junction. Palpation of the diverticulum revealed a hard mass at its tip and a thickened wall at its base.

A 40-year-old man presented to the emergency department with moderate to severe pain over the left lateral wrist. Earlier in the day, an iron rod had accidentally struck his wrist. The patient’s history included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, and social anxiety disorder.


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