European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine 2017-12-06T09:22:19+00:00 Editorial Office Open Journal Systems <p>The <strong>European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine</strong> is an official journal of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM). The journal wants to promote the practice of internal medicine in Europe. Its aim is to provide a forum to internal medicine doctors.<br> <strong>EJCRIM</strong> welcomes papers describing unusual or complex cases and case series that an internist may encounter in everyday practice. Case series are also welcomed as long as they demonstrate the appropiateness of a therapeutical approach or unusual manifestation of a disease.<br> The journal would also consider brief reasoned reports of issues relevant to the practice of Internal Medicine, as well as Abstracts submitted to scientific meetings of European societies of Internal Medicine.<br> <strong>EJCRIM</strong> utilizes the CNR-SOLAR system to permanently archive the journal for purposes of preservation, reservation and research and it is also indexed on Google Scholar and DOAJ. We encourage the use of Kudos to maximize the article's visibility.<br> <strong>EJCRIM</strong> is peer-reviewed with single-blind review and freely accessible to all.</p> Fever of Unknown Origin: Don’t Forget Kala-Azar Even in Europe 2017-12-06T09:22:19+00:00 Javier Moreno Díaz David De las Cuevas León Ana Martinez González Rebeca Rubio Escuin <p>We present the case of a 70-year-old male patient with fever of unknown origin after a long period of convalescence from a previous admission to a chronic care hospital. During the admission, multiple combinations of antibiotic and antifungal treatments were prescribed, but with persistent fever and, eventually, neutropenia (200 lymphocytes, 0 neutrophils). Given the suspicion of infection at bone marrow level, a biopsy was performed as was serology of <em>Leishmania</em>, both diagnostic determinations. <br>Treatment with amphotericin B liposomal resulted in a good outcome.</p> 2017-12-06T09:13:03+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome: A Diagnosis to Consider in a Woman with Right Upper Quadrant Abdominal Pain without Gallstones 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 Pietro Benedetto Faré Ileana Allio Rita Monotti Fabrizio Foieni <p>A young woman presented with right upper quadrant abdominal pain exacerbated by movement and breathing. Extensive evaluation revealed no gallstones or any other specific cause. Urine polymerase chain reaction results for <em>Chlamydia trachomatis</em> were positive, so the clinical diagnosis of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome was confirmed. This type of localized peritonitis is thought to be a complication of an ascending genital infection leading to pelvic inflammatory disease. The diagnosis is established on clinical grounds after excluding alternative, more common conditions. Proper antibiotic treatment usually leads to recovery and prevents long-term complications.</p> 2017-12-05T08:33:02+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## An Unusual Case of Mycotic Popliteal Aneurysm Presenting as Recurrent Salmonella enteritidis Bacteraemia 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 Shuwei Zheng Cheng Chuan Lee <p>We describe a patient with a Salmonella enteritidis mycotic aneurysm. A 91-year-old man presented with recurrent episodes of <em>S. enteritidis bacteraemia</em> 2 months apart. During the second presentation, he underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the left lower limb that revealed rupture of the popliteal artery with a popliteal fossa collection. This was aspirated and cultures grew<em> S. enteritidis</em>. He underwent endovascular stenting and received a prolonged course of antibiotics. Popliteal artery mycotic aneurysm should be considered as a differential in patients presenting with unilateral painful leg swelling and bacteraemia from microorganisms with a propensity for endovascular infections.</p> 2017-12-04T08:40:49+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## A Classic Neurocysticercosis Case with an Unusual Complication 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 André Rodrigues Diana Neves Inês Maury Dora Sargento Aida Pereira <p>Cysticercosis is triggered by infection with the larval form of the tapeworm <em>Taenia solium</em>. The usual sites for the development of cyscticerci are the central nervous system (neurocysticercosis – NCC), subcutaneous tissue, skeletal muscle, heart muscle, and the eye. Ocular cysticercosis is caused by the growth of the larvae within ocular tissues. The extraocular muscles form is the most common type of orbital cysticercosis. We report a case of a patient admitted with seizures secondary to NCC, who developed ocular symptoms after starting combined treatment with albendazole, praziquantel and dexamethasone. The investigation revealed a cystic lesion in the lateral rectus muscle.</p> 2017-11-29T09:40:08+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Non-Obstructive Middle Lobe Syndrome: An Unusual Cause of Recurrent Pneumonia in an Elderly Woman 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 João Rua Ricardo Marques Rafael Silva Bráulio Gomes Jorge Fortuna <p>An 84-year-old woman had five episodes of pneumonia in 4 months. Despite extensive comorbidities and advanced age, her health status was good and the recurrence seemed unjustified. Exhaustive background investigation revealed 14 episodes of right-sided pneumonias during the 3 previous years and an inconclusive investigation with CT of the thorax and bronchofibroscopy, despite some fibrotic and atelectasic alterations in the right middle lobe. A new right-sided x-ray showed a wedge-shaped density extending anteriorly and inferiorly from the hilum, and CT of the thorax revealed aggravated middle lobe abnormalities with thickening of the bronchial wall and segment atelectasis, without any visible airway obstruction. After extensive work-up had excluded other causes of recurrent pneumonia and immunodeficiency, a non-obstructive middle lobe syndrome (MLS) was deemed responsible for the repeated episodes of pneumonia. MLS is characterised by chronic hypoventilation and atelectasis of the middle lobe, facilitating secretion accumulation, chronic inflammation and repeated infection. After treatment with bronchodilators and immunostimulants was initiated, the patient experienced no recurrences for several months.</p> 2017-11-23T11:50:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mad Honey Disease 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 Laurentiu Broscaru Claudiu Dobre Frederik Rösick Arnela Halilovic Dietrich Gulba <p>A 46-years old woman presented with acute onset of nausea, vomiting and prostration in the ER. She appeared ill and was poorly responsive to verbal stimuli. The physical examination showed a systolic blood pressure of 60 mmHg and a pulse of 40 bpm. ECG was notable for slight ST-elevations in the inferior leads. Right ventricular myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock and bradycardia was suspected. Supportive therapy with catecholamines was initiated and a emergency coronary angiography was arranged. However, lab results showed normal troponin levels and a subsequent echocardiogram showed the absence of abnormal wall motions. By thorough history taking with the spouse it turned out that the patient had consumed a Turkish honey approximately an hour before the beginning of the symptoms. The patient made a full recovery within 24 hours with only supportive therapy. In retrospect the clinical presentation was highly indicative of poisoning with Grayanotoxins from a plant, Rhododendron, which is found as contaminant in some sorts of honey in the Black Sea area. A pollen analysis confirmed the presence of Rhododendron in a honey sample.&nbsp; Historically this poisoning is mentioned over the millennia as mad honey disease. The ST-elevations in the ECG were a sign of early repolarization, a non-pathological finding.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 2017-11-20T16:07:34+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Therapeutic Challenges in the Management of Acute Pulmonary Embolism in a Cancer Patient with Chemotherapy-induced Thrombocytopenia 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 Abuajela Sreh Shailesh Nakeshree Senthil-Kumar Krishnasamy Nuri Alfasi <p>This case demonstrates the therapeutic challenges encountered when managing an acute pulmonary embolism in a cancer patient with thrombocytopenia. A 64-year-old man with a history of lung cancer receiving chemotherapy was admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital with haemodynamic instability consistent with a pulmonary embolism, proven on computed tomographic pulmonary angiogram. His platelet count was noted to be 35×10<sup>9</sup>/l (chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia). After discussions, he was deemed not suitable for thrombolysis based on risk versus benefits. The patient was initially transfused one adult dose of platelets and treated with half the therapeutic dose of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH). The same management plan was followed until the platelet count exceeded 50×10sup&gt;9/l, after which the patient was established on the full therapeutic dose of LMWH. Clinically, the patient improved and was discharged. Three months after discharge, follow-up revealed sustained clinical improvement while the patient continued to be on the full therapeutic dose of LMWH with a stable platelet count.</p> 2017-11-14T11:44:39+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Intramural Thrombus and Moderate Leak in an Asian Man Presenting with Acute Gastroenteritis 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 Abdalla Khalil Mohammed Bafaraj Badr Badr Majduldeen Azzo Ahmed Sabry <p><em>Introduction:</em> Missing a leaking abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is common in medical practice because few at-risk patients have a history of AAA and many have an unusual presentation.<br> <em>Background:</em> AAA is less common among Asians than white Caucasians of the same age. Our patient had no significant risk factors apart from age and sex and had an unusual presentation. <br> <em>Patient and Methods:</em> A 67-year-old Asian man presented to the emergency room (ER) with a 1-day history of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and abdominal pain. He was febrile, dehydrated. and had marked tenderness at the right iliac fossa. Laboratory findings suggested bacterial gastroenteritis but this did not explain the localized tenderness at the right iliac fossa.<br> <em>Result and Discussion:</em> A CT scan of the abdomen revealed an AAA arising above the origins of the renal arteries, an intramural thrombus, a retroperitoneal haematoma and a leak extending to the right iliac fossa. The patient was transferred to another hospital and underwent exploratory laparotomy, surgical repair of the aneurysm, and aortobi-iliac grafting with removal of the thrombus. The patient was discharged in good shape 3 weeks after surgery. Without the CT scan of the abdomen, the AAA could have been missed and the patient treated for severe gastroenteritis.</p> 2017-11-09T14:55:11+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tuberculous Tonsillitis in a Patient Treated with an Anti-TNF Ag 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 Sara Ferreira Paula Vaz-Marques <p>Tuberculosis remains a concern in patients receiving anti-TNF therapy as these individuals have a higher incidence of extrapulmonary and disseminated tuberculosis. Tuberculous tonsillitis is an unusual presentation of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, which is diagnosed mostly in immunodeficient patients. We report the case of a 33-year-old woman, diagnosed with Behçet’s syndrome, immunosuppressed with adalimumab, cyclosporine and prednisolone. She had odynophagia for 2 weeks, fever and a hypertrophied, ulcerated left tonsil. A tonsil biopsy revealed a granulomatous inflammatory process. Ziehl-Neelsen staining was positive for acid-fast bacilli. The chest x-ray revealed a milliary pattern. Gastric juice was positive for <em>Mycobacterium tuberculosis</em> complex DNA. A diagnosis of tonsillar and pulmonary tuberculosis was established. This case report highlights the low threshold for a tuberculosis diagnosis in unusual locations in patients treated with anti-TNF therapy. </p> 2017-10-30T15:57:25+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Raynaud's of the Tongue 2017-12-05T11:25:04+00:00 Martin Edward Perry Shazmeen Surtee Zainab Nawaz <p>We describe a 40-year-old lady who presents with a painful white tongue on exposure to the cold. The differential diagnosis and investigations are outlined with a discussion about this unusual presentation of a common problem.</p> 2017-10-30T15:57:25+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##