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World J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 May 27;3(5):70-2. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v3.i5.70.

Diverticulitis presenting as a tubo-ovarian abscess with subsequent colon perforation.

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  • 1Yasmin Metz, Jerry Nagler, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY 10021, United States.

Abstract

Described here is an unusual complication of a common condition; diverticulitis resulting in a tubo-ovarian abscess. The etiology of this abscess was clinically unapparent due to atypical presenting symptoms and signs. Furthermore, radiological diagnosis was misleading because of an inflammatory reaction of the colon which prevented visualization of diverticula. Failure to correctly identify the underlying pathology early in the patient's course of treatment led to a perforation of the colon.

KEYWORDS:

Colon perforation; Diverticulitis; Tubo-ovarian abscess

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21666809
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PMCID:
PMC3110879
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