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A girl with gastric distension and hyperamylasemia
  1. Giorgio Cozzi1,
  2. Federico Poropat2,
  3. Samuele Naviglio3,
  4. Egidio Barbi1
  1. 1Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS ‘Burlo Garofolo’, Trieste, Italy
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, Azienda Ospedaliera Santa Maria degli Angeli, Pordenone, Italy
  3. 3University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Giorgio Cozzi, Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS ‘Burlo Garofolo’, Trieste Italy, Via dell'Istria 65/1, Trieste 34137, Italy; giorgiocozzi{at}

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A 3-year-old girl was admitted with abrupt onset of acute severe abdominal pain and drowsiness, without vomiting or diarrhoea. No history of abdominal trauma was reported. On admission, she was moaning, her heart rate was 161 bpm, blood pressure was 108/72 mm Hg, capillary refill time was <2 s and she was apyrexial. On physical examination, there was marked abdominal distension, with generalised abdominal tenderness without peritoneal signs. Blood tests showed hyperamylasemia (780 IU/L), neutrophilia (white cell count 14×10^9/L; neutrophil 11.9×10^9/L) and hyperglycaemia (155 mg/dL–8.6 mmol/L). A supine plain abdominal X-ray showed a huge gastric bubble (figure 1). A nasogastric tube was inserted, and 500 mL of non-bilious fluid and 150 mL of gas were suctioned, with prompt improvement of symptoms.

Figure 1

Huge gastric bubble; patient lying supine.


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