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Candida: an unexpected cause of the acute abdomen.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMJ Case Reports
1757-790X
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Volume
2010
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/bcr.04.2010.2948
PMID: 22802468
Source
Medline

Abstract

The infected intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) is a well-described cause of the acute abdomen. However, severe pelvic infection from Candida is an extremely rare complication of the IUCD. We present the first reported description of a Candida-infected IUCD manifesting as an acute abdomen where the degree of infection precluded a conclusive diagnostic workup and necessitated multiple laparotomies. This case highlights the importance for the clinicians to thoroughly exclude such causes of acute sepsis even after exclusion in the presenting history.

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