A 67 year old lady presents with severe, dull epigastric pain for 6 hours, which was almost instantaneous in onset. The pain is exacerbated by movement, does not radiate and is associated with mild nausea. No other symptoms are present. Her medical history is only significant for well controlled hypertension for 10 years. She does not drink or smoke.
WBC/DC: 3,400/mm3 N: 52%, L: 39% Hb: 12.3 g/dl PCV (Hct): 39% Platelets: 185,000/mm3
Serial ECGs are obtained; all appear normal.
Free gas in the peritoneum and a small right subphrenic collection are seen. Addition of oral contrast shows a large ulcer in the gastric antrum, with no contrast leakage into the peritoneal cavity. The gallbladder, pancreas, abdominal aorta & mesenteric vein appear normal.
The Barium Meal will be arranged tomorrow.