Diagnostic Images, Treatment Decisions
December 31, 2006
Apreviously healthy 22-year-oldHawaiian man presents to theemergency department (ED) of a hospitalin California with a 3-day historyof fever and chills. He has also had aprogressively worsening, persistent,dull aching pain in the right upperquadrant of the abdomen for the pastweek. The pain is localized-with noaggravating or relieving factors-andis not related to meals. The patienthas had no nausea, vomiting, loss ofappetite, jaundice, abdominal distension,cough, chest pain, dyspnea,weight loss, or lymphadenopathy.