IPLab:Lab 3:Chronic Peptic Ulcer

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This 56-year-old white female was admitted to the hospital with a six-year history of epigastric pain and burning. This pain was said to be worse at night and on an empty stomach. The patient reported that the pain was relieved by drinking milk. She had also experienced several episodes of hematemesis and melena since the onset of the pain, the last episode occurring 3 weeks prior to admission. The patient described intermittent episodes of colicky pain in the right upper quadrant and right side of the abdomen, frequently radiating to the back and shoulders and often accompanied by "bilious vomiting." Physical examination was noncontributory except for tenderness in the epigastrium and right upper quadrant. An upper GI series showed changes suggestive of a neoplasm. The patient submitted to an abdominal exploration at which time a partial gastrectomy was performed.


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Hematemesis is the vomiting of blood.

Melena is the passage of digested blood in the feces.

Colicky pain is an intermittent abdominal pain.

Bilious vomitus is vomitus which contains bile.

An upper GI series is a series of barium-aided radiographs involving the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

Cirrhosis is a liver disease characterized by necrosis, fibrosis, loss of normal liver architecture, and hyperplastic nodules.

Hypercalcemia is the state of having increased levels of calcium in the blood.

The normal fibrinogen level is 184 to 412 mg/dL.