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Clinical care of gall bladder disease

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AM Wood MRCS Ed, DJ Bell
Foundation Years Journal, volume 2, issue 7, p.317 (123Doc Education, London, September 2008)


A 47-year-old Caucasian female secretary presents to her GP with a 2-week history of intermittent abdominal pain, each attack lasting up to 3 hours and gradually increasing in intensity. She is clinically obese and taking the combined oral contraceptive pill, having had three children. She has a 20-pack/day smoking history, and a reasonable diet, although it seems low in fibre. On admission to hospital her situation worsens. Her sclera are yellow, and she becomes pyrexial, with associated rigors. On examination she has pain in the right upper quadrant. ECG and chest X-ray show no obvious abnormalities.

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ST3 Trauma and Orthopaedics
Borders General Hospital

DJ Bell

4th Year Medical Student
University of Leeds


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