Volume 74, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Among 328 patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome (DHF/DSS), 14 (4 men and 10 women, median age 44 years) had acute abdomen. DHF/DSS was initially suspected in only 2 of these 14 patients. Presumptive diagnoses of acute cholecystitis (6 acalculus and 4 calculus cholecystitis) were made in 10 patients, non-specific peritonitis in three patients, and acute appendicitis in one patients. Cholecystectomy, percutaneous transhepatic gallbladder drainage, and appendectomy were performed in three patients. Transfused blood in the three patients who underwent invasive procedures and the 11 patients who received supportive treatment included packed red blood cells (24 versus 0 units; = 0.048), fresh frozen plasma (84 versus 0 units; = 0.048), and platelets (192 versus 180 units; = 0.003). Patients who underwent invasive procedures also had prolonged time in the hospital (median = 11 versus 7 days; = 0.015). To avoid unnecessary invasive procedure–related morbidity and mortality, this report underscores the importance of a careful differential diagnosis in patients with acute abdomen in a dengue-endemic setting.


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  • Received : 09 Apr 2005
  • Accepted : 08 Nov 2005

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