Thigh emphysema as a first sign of abdominal disease

A Toro, M Mannino, I Di Carlo
2013 Chirurgia  
Thigh infection is a rare complication of intra-abdominal sepsis that can present with emphysema. We report a case of infection in the thigh resulting from colonic perforation. A 61-year-old woman with cirrhosis, grade Child B6 and diabetes treated with oral hypoglycemic drugs was referred to the emergency department because of a persistent pain in her left thigh and also for some abdominal discomforts during the preceding few days. Ultrasonography identified the presence of gas and fluid in
more » ... thigh. The patient received fluids and antibiotics but on the day after she reported an increase in pain. For this reason the patient was submitted to a CT scan that showed a thigh emphysema due to intestinal perforation. The patient was submitted to laparotomy. A Hartmann's procedure was performed, with resection of about 15 cm of affected sigmoid colon. The left thigh wound did not require any treatment.
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