Diabetic with RUQ Abdominal Pain – Clinical Patient Case of the Week

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Diabetic with Abdominal Pain, Abdominopelvic Disorders - Clinical Patient Case of the Week - emphysematous cholecystitis

Diabetic with RUQ Abdominal Pain - Clinical Patient Case of the Week

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A 67-year-old man with poorly controlled, insulin-dependent diabetes presents with 3 days of fever, nausea, and abdominal pain. He reports the pain as constant and localized in the right upper quadrant.

Vital signs are: temperature 38.9° C (102 °F), heart rate 110 beats/minute, blood pressure 110/70 mm Hg, respiratory rate 22/minute, and oxygen saturation 95% on room air. His abdomen is soft, but tender to palpation in the right upper quadrant, with a positive Murphy sign.

Laboratory results are notable for a white blood cell count of 22,000/µL and a blood glucose level of 320 mg/dL.

Computed tomography of the abdomen is obtained, which is notable for distension of the gallbladder, indicating gallbladder wall thickening, intramural air, and stranding (see Figure).

Figure 1.

Abdominopelvic Disorders - right upper quadrant abdominal pain emphysematous cholecystitis


What is a true statement regarding this patient's diagnosis?

Answer Options:

This case, like the majority of cases, is due to gallstones.

It carries a high risk of gallbladder perforation.

The Murphy sign is always present.

A history of diabetes is noncontributory.

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