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BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Sep 6;2013. pii: bcr2013009388. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-009388.

Relieving the burden: palliative centesis of an oedematous scrotal wall due to anasarca in end-stage heart failure.

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Sabar Clinics and Home Hospice, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Abstract

End-stage congestive heart failure is a leading diagnosis among hospice patients without cancer. As in terminally ill cancer patients; the aim of the treatment was to focus on palliation and maximum symptom relief. Anasarca, a widespread swelling of the skin because of effusion of fluid into the extracellular space, is a common sign in end-stage heart failure causing much pain and discomfort. We described a simple, safe, bed-side technique to alleviate the discomfort associated with massive scrotal oedema.

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24014556
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PMC3794333
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10.1136/bcr-2013-009388
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