Nigerian Medical Journal

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Bilateral psoas abscess: case report and review of literature

IA Udo


Background: Psoas abscess is rare, the presentation confounding and varied thusmaking the diagnosis and definitive management delayed with resultant severe morbidity and high mortality. The paucity of literature on this disease would appear to account for the low index of suspicion among primary care
physicians who often have first contact with these patients. Methods: We present a case of bilateral psoas abscess in an adultmale who presented with acute abdomen and the diagnosis of psoas abscess was made at laparotomy.
Conclusion: We highlight the salien features of the disease, which may assist practitioners in reaching early diagnosis and improve outcome of the disease.

Niger Med J. Vol. 48, No. 3, Oct. – Dec., 2007: 103 – 104.

Keywords: Psoas abscess,Confoundingdiagnosis,Laparotomy

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