What's the Diagnosis? By Dr. Erica Schramm

A 63 yo F w/ a history of colon cancer, prior PE (on lovenox) presents to the ED for a "mass" on her back x 3 days. The area has increased in size and become more painful. She denies trauma. She is well appearing and hemodynamically stable. Labs are significant for a Hgb of 4.3 and an INR of 2.3. A CT scan of the chest/abdomen/pelvis is shown below. What's the diagnosis?  (scroll down for answer)


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Back to Basics: Foreign Body Ingestion

In 2010, there were approximately 535,000 ED visits for foreign bodies.  Approximately 80-90% of ingested foreign bodies pass through the GI tract without complications while the rest require intervention.  What are some basics that you need to know about foreign bodies that ingested, aspirated and inserted?

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