Clinical Case Database / Category: Teaching and Training

Right upper quadrant pain

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Foundation Years Journal, volume 6, issue 4, p.46 (123Doc Education, London, April 2012)


Emergency surgical admissions are some of the sickest patients in the hospital and it is important that at their initial assessment appropriate management is instigated. Senior clinicians reviewing such cases will recognize the pattern of presenting history and clinical signs allowing a diagnosis to be made based on experience. We highlight an example of a case from our experience which illustrates a pitfall for the unwary that recurrently presents in surgical practice. This case based discussion highlights an atypical presentation that the inexperienced should be reminded of each time a patient is referred to them with right upper quadrant pain. We discuss the learning points from this case and suggest further reading for interested trainees.

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