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Int Marit Health. 2012;63(2):102-5.

Acute abdominal pain during an Antarctic cruise--a case report.

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Institute of Medicine, University of Bergen & Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.


A 21-year-old female crew member experienced a number of medical conditions during a summer cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. At one point symptoms and signs strongly suggested acute appendicitis. She was monitored and treated conservatively on board and recovered uneventfully without surgery. Later she had a biliary colic attack and then an allergic reaction to the pain medication given. The pre-employment medical fitness certificate cannot always be trusted regarding previous history of allergies and medical conditions.

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