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Philippe Leclercq; Michel Hanssen; Philippe Borgoens; Pierre-Julien Bruyère; Patrizio Lancellotti
March 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/25/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 7, p838
Academic Journal
The article presents a case study of a woman diagnosed with emphysematous cystitis. It discusses the case of a 77-year old woman who was admitted to hospital due to hyperthermia, abdominal pain and confusion. After a computed tomography scan of her abdomen, it was determined that her abdomen had a thickened, trabeculated bladder wall containing pocket of gas. It was also determined that cultures of her urine had significant count of colonies of Escherichia coli that despite bladder catheterization, she died after a few days after admission. The article further provides a brief description of emphysematous cystitis and its most common causative organisms. Imaging methods that can be used to diagnose patients with abdominal pains are also discussed.


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