Abscess after a laparoscopic appendectomy presenting as low back pain in a professional athlete

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Abstract

A professional baseball player presented to the orthopaedic clinic for a preseason assessment because of continued lumbar spine and flank pain. He had a laparoscopic appendectomy for a perforated appendix 8 months before his presentation. He was able to finish the previous season with only mild limitation. He presented with back pain that limited his activity. His examination was nonlocalizing, but subsequent computed tomography revealed a hepatic abscess. The abscess was drained; he was treated with intravenous antibiotics; and his symptoms resolved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-45
Number of pages5
JournalSports Health
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

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Baseball
Flank Pain
Liver Abscess
Appendectomy
Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Athletes
Abscess
Orthopedics
Spine
Tomography
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Keywords

  • Baseball
  • Liver abscess
  • Low back pain
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Preseason physical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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