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Coronavirus disease 2019 presenting as abdominal distension in a mesothelioma patient: do we need to think outside the box?

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posted on 04.02.2022, 16:53 by Muhammad Irfan, Talal Almas, Irfan Ullah, Estelle Tran, Asim Ali
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remains a major source of mortality globally. Although it usually presents with flu-like symptoms such as fever and sore throat, the intensity of the symptoms varies, constituting a spectrum ranging from asymptomatic to severe cases of acute respiratory failure. The highest proportion of severe cases occurs in older individuals and in those who have underlying health conditions and chronic comorbidities. We chronicle an atypical case of a 46-year-old male with stage IV mesothelioma who presented exclusively with complaints of acute abdominal pain and distension. Despite his cancer status, the patient's respiratory functions remained unremarkable, accentuating the peculiarity of the case.

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Irfan M, Almas T, Ullah I, Tran E, Ali A. Coronavirus disease 2019 presenting as abdominal distension in a mesothelioma patient: do we need to think outside the box? Cureus. 2020;12(8):e9947

Publication Date

22 August 2020

PubMed ID

32983654

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  • Undergraduate Research

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Cureus, Inc

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  • Published Version (Version of Record)