Reiko Kayashima, MPH


Recurrent Epigastric Pain in an 82-Year-Old Woman

July 01, 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.