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Med J Malaysia. 2000 Dec;55(4):520-3.

Pneumonia presenting as acute abdomen in children: a report of three cases.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Sultanah Aminah Hospital, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johore.


From 10th September 1998 till 5th June 1999, the Paediatric and Cardiothoracic Surgery Units of Sultanah Aminah Hospital Johor Bahru managed three children with lung collapse secondary to pneumonia. The dominant initial clinical presentation in all three cases was acute abdominal pain. Basal pneumonia was diagnosed in two cases post-operatively after surgical contributory causes were excluded intra-operatively. Thoracotomy, evacuation of infected debris and decortication of the collapsed lung was done in all three cases. In children presenting with acute abdominal pain, basal pneumonia should be considered as a possible contributory cause.

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