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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency Medicine)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • Blood in stool

  • Periodic fever (>100.4°F / 38°C)

  • Remittent fever of 102.2°F / 39°C

  • Stools looks like strawberry jam

  • Stomach was uncomfortable, then had a fever

  • Extremely high fever of 106.7°F / 41.5°C or higher

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What is Intestinal Perforation?

Intestinal perforation is a hole in the intestinal wall. It's a serious, painful condition that can cause fatal complications. Causes include twisted intestines, inflammation, ulcers, or injury to the intestinal walls. Elderly people, those who recently had abdominal surgery, and those with a history of cancer or gastrointestinal problems are at higher risk.

Typical Symptoms of Intestinal Perforation

  • Abdominal guarding

  • Fever

  • Sharp abdominal pain

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Blood in stool

  • Abdominal pain

  • Low back pain worsens on coughing, sneezing or straining

  • Nausea or vomiting

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Intestinal Perforation

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Did you have a sharp, stabbing-like pain in your abdomen?

  • Does pressing on your stomach cause severe pain?

  • Do you have blood in your stool?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

Treatmentof Intestinal Perforation

This medical emergency requires quick medical attention. Treatment includes surgery to close the hole, with or without removing part of the intestines. Antibiotics and fluids are administered.

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References

  • Donahue L. Spontaneous intestinal perforation. Neonatal Netw. 2007 Sep-Oct;26(5):335-51. doi: 10.1891/0730-0832.26.5.335. PMID: 17926662.

    https://connect.springerpub.com/content/sgrnn/26/5/335

  • Hu C, Zhang H. Primary small intestinal lymphoma: A rare cause of small intestinal perforation. Asian J Surg. 2021 Nov;44(11):1443-1444. doi: 10.1016/j.asjsur.2021.07.020. Epub 2021 Jul 24. PMID: 34312049.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S101595842100405X?via%3Dihub

  • Hernández Anselmi E, Gutiérrez San Román C, Barrios Fontoba JE, Ayuso González L, Valdés Dieguez E, Lluna González J, Roca Molla A, García-Sala Viguer C, Gómez Montes J, Cortina Orts H. Intestinal perforation caused by magnetic toys. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Mar;42(3):E13-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2006.12.066. PMID: 17336176.

    https://www.jpedsurg.org/article/S0022-3468(06)00994-8/fulltext

  • Fallon SC, Redell MS, El-Bietar J, Lopez ME, Vasudevan SA, Brandt ML. Intestinal perforation after treatment of Burkitt's lymphoma: case report and review of the literature. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Feb;48(2):436-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2012.12.002. PMID: 23414881.

    https://www.jpedsurg.org/article/S0022-3468(12)00980-3/fulltext

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency Medicine)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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