A 53-year-old perimenopausal woman presented to the emergency department with throbbing lower abdominal pain and distention. The pain started 5 days earlier and worsened with sitting and walking; she also experienced increasing dyspnea. She had noticed increasing abdominal girth about 5 months earlier. Since then, she had gained 5 to 10 lb, despite dieting. The patient reported a 22-pack-year history of smoking but no alcohol use. She was taking over-the-counter painkillers and allergy medications. Her family history was notable for a brother who died of laryngeal cancer.
A 49-year-old man presents for a routineexamination. He has a 15-yearhistory of essential hypertension anda 7-year history of hypercholesterolemiaand type 2 diabetes mellitus.The patient has lost 7.5 lb in the past3 months. The physical examinationis remarkable for a blood pressure(BP) of 168/94 mm Hg and a palpablemidline epigastric mass that isnontender, firm, and immobile.
Recurrent Epigastric Pain in an 82-Year-Old WomanJuly 1st 2002
An 82-year-old woman who had recentlyarrived from Japan presented to theemergency department with a 3-dayhistory of abdominal pain that beganimmediately after she swallowed severalpills with a small amount of water.The severe, intermittent pain radiatedto the patient’s back and worsened withmeals. The patient denied chills, nausea,vomiting, coughing, diarrhea, andconstipation. She had well-controlledtype 2 diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolemia,and had undergone anappendectomy 50 years earlier.