Fillers A memorable patient

Happy ending

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:342
  1. Patricia Mortimer, retired paediatrician
  1. Enfield

    She had been admitted that Saturday morning as an “acute abdomen,” but the surgical registrar could not make a diagnosis and passed her over to the paediatricians. My senior house officer emphasised her concerns with her first sentence to me over the telephone: “If you don't see her she'll die.”

    The girl was almost 4 years old, quiet, and toxic. Severe abdominal pain and vomiting continued. The abdomen was scaphoid and not significantly tender. X ray examinations were unhelpful. The diagnosis was obscure, but it was clear that necrosis was setting in and we persuaded the surgeons that the abdomen should be opened.

    There …

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