Acute right lower quadrant pain in a patient with leukemia.

de Brito D, Barton E, Spears KL, Cranmer HH, Karp SJ, Anglin D, Hutson HR
Ann Emerg Med. 1998 32 (1): 98-101

PMID: 9656958 · DOI:10.1016/s0196-0644(98)70105-2

Typhlitis or neutropenic enterocolitis is a life-threatening, necrotizing process of the cecum whose incidence is increasing. It is usually encountered in patients with leukemia who have recently undergone chemotherapy. Neutropenic enterocolitis presents as fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea in neutropenic patients. As the incidence of neutropenic enterocolitis increases, emergency physicians must be aware of this rapidly progressive and potentially fatal disease.

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Abdominal Pain Acute Disease Cecum Diagnosis, Differential Emergency Medical Services Enterocolitis Humans Leukemia, Myeloid Male Middle Aged Neutropenia New York

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