European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine 2020-04-10T07:32:39+00:00 Editorial Office Open Journal Systems <p><strong>The&nbsp;<span class="HPblu">European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine</span>&nbsp;</strong>is an official journal of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM), representing 35 national societies from&nbsp;<a href="">33 European countries</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>The journal’s mission is to promote the best medical practice and innovation in the field of acute and general medicine. It also provides a forum for internal medicine doctors where they can share new approaches with the aim of improving diagnostic and clinical skills in this field.&nbsp;<strong><br><span class="HPblu">EJCRIM&nbsp;</span></strong>welcomes high-quality case reports describing unusual or complex cases that an internist may encounter in everyday practice. The cases should either demonstrate the appropriateness of a diagnostic/therapeutic approach, describe a new procedure or maneuver, or show unusual manifestations of a disease or unexpected reactions. The Journal only accepts and publishes those case reports whose learning points provide new insight, contribute to advancing medical knowledge both in terms of diagnostics and therapeutic approaches. Case reports of medical errors, therefore, are also welcome as long as they provide innovative measures on how to prevent them in the current practice (Instructive Errors).&nbsp;<strong><br></strong>The Journal may also consider brief and reasoned reports on issues relevant to the practice of Internal Medicine, as well as Abstracts submitted to the scientific meetings of acknowledged medical societies.<br><br> <strong>EJCRIM</strong> is peer-reviewed with single-blind review and freely accessible to all.</p> Kikuchi–Fujimoto Disease: Review of 11 Cases Diagnosed Over 10 Years at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Doha, Qatar 2020-04-10T07:32:39+00:00 Ahmed A Mohamad Muhammed Zahid Adeel Ahmad Khan Belal Alani Mustafa Khalil Abazar Saeed Abdel-Naser Elzouki <p><em>Introduction:</em> Kikuchi-Fujimoto (KF) disease is a rare and self-limiting disorder of unknown aetiology characterized by cervical lymphadenopathy (CLN) and fever. The pathophysiology remains unclear and may be triggered by an infectious agent leading to a self-limiting autoimmune process. There are no confirmatory laboratory tests and lymph node biopsy is required to differentiate KF disease from other serious conditions. <br> <em>Materials and methods:</em> We report 11 cases of KF disease diagnosed at Hamad General Hospital, Qatar, between 2006 to 2016. The diagnosis is based on clinical presentation, investigations and histopathological examination of lymph nodes. <br> <em>Results:</em> All patients had painful neck swelling (average duration of 2.9 weeks) and 10 had fever (average duration of 3.2 weeks). Five patients developed mild leucopenia which resolved completely. HIV and tuberculosis (TB) screening including sputum for AFB, a PPD skin test and chest x-ray was done for all patients and came back negative. Autoimmune screening was done for all patients and excluded any rheumatological disease. Ultrasound and CT of the neck confirmed cervical lymphadenopathy. Except for hepatomegaly in one patient, CT scans of the chest and abdomen were negative for any lymphadenopathy or organomegaly (performed in seven patients). Diagnosis was confirmed on lymph node excision biopsy. Histopathological examination showed findings consistent with the diagnosis of histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis (KF disease).<br> <em>Conclusion:</em> KF disease should be kept in mind for patients presenting with fever and CLN. Lymphoma, TB and autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus should be excluded in such patients.</p> 2020-04-10T07:30:16+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Anxiety and Suicidality in a Hospitalized Patient with COVID-19 Infection 2020-04-09T14:30:04+00:00 Danny Epstein Wisam Andrawis Ari M Lipsky Hiba Abu Ziad Moshe Matan <p>We describe a case of a young man admitted to due to mild COVID-19 infection. During his hospitalization in an isolation ward, he had no respiratory distress or fever but developed symptoms consistent with anxiety and insomnia. Despite the appropriate supportive intervention, on hospital day 7, he attempted suicide by jumping from the third-floor ward. The patient was urgently operated and transferred to level I trauma center under strict isolation. Our findings emphasize the importance of mental health aspects during the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 2020-04-09T12:06:07+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tuberculous Sacroiliitis after a Penicillin Injection: A Case Report 2020-04-09T10:50:32+00:00 Mohammad Darvishi Sana Rashidi Setayesh Abazari <p>Tuberculosis is one of the major health problems in developing countries affecting different organs such as bone and joints. One of the most important involvements of osteoarticular tuberculosis is that of the sacroiliac joint. In addition, its incidence has increased over the past several years. Early diagnosis is necessary to prevent further disorders such as neurological and surgical complications. We report a tuberculous arthritis case in the right sacroiliac joint, which developed after penicillin injection.<br> The patient was a 32-year-old man admitted to Besat hospital, Tehran, Iran. He complained of pain, erythema and swelling in his right buttock starting approximately 17 years previously, after a penicillin injection, which was followed by the emergence of an orifice with yellow secretions. Over the years, the secretions continued but the pain, swelling and erythema were resolved. At the time of admission, his vital signs were stable and normal. In the physical examination, an orifice with a small amount of yellow secretion was detected on the right buttock as claimed by the patient. Lung auscultation was clear. No lymphadenopathy was detected. Laboratory data were normal. <br> During hospitalization, initial antibiotic therapy was prescribed. After <em>Mycobacterium tuberculosis</em> was detected in culture, a 4-drug anti-TB therapy encompassing rifampin, isoniazid, ethambutol and pyrazinamide was prescribed for 18–24 months, in addition to daily vitamin B6 and pantoprazole.</p> 2020-04-09T07:27:20+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: Two Complications of COVID-19 Pneumonia? 2020-04-09T10:50:32+00:00 Erika Poggiali Davide Bastoni Eva Ioannilli Andrea Vercelli Andrea Magnacavallo <p>Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a worldwide infection which was recently declared a global health emergency by the WHO Emergency Committee. The most common symptoms are fever and cough, which can progress to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and/or end-organ failure. Risk factors associated with ARDS and death are older age, comorbidities (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia), neutrophilia, and organ and coagulation dysfunction. Disseminated intravascular coagulation and coagulopathy can contribute to death. Anticoagulant treatment is associated with decreased mortality in severe COVID-19 pneumonia. In this report we describe two patients with COVID-19 pneumonia who developed venous thromboembolism.</p> 2020-04-08T09:47:59+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Neglected Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Sickle Cell Anaemia during Prenatal Care 2020-04-09T10:50:32+00:00 Minoodokht Bavarsad Karimi <p>Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is one of the main complications of sickle cell disease (SCD) and imparts significant risk during pregnancy. Here, we report the outcome of undetected PAH in a pregnant woman with SCD. The patient presented with severe progressive dyspnoea with echocardiographic findings of high pressure in the pulmonary artery in the 37th week of pregnancy. Despite an emergency caesarean section, both mother and neonate died. Regular cardiovascular check-up is essential for SCD patients and careful prenatal care should include cardiovascular evaluation. PAH during pregnancy is associated with high mortality and morbidity. As there is no proof that new advanced therapies decrease the risks, early diagnosis in pregnant patients with underlying disease, like sickle cell anaemia, is essential and termination of pregnancy should be considered.</p> 2020-04-08T07:16:30+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumour Invading the Inferior Vena Cava 2020-04-09T10:50:32+00:00 Ali Mir Marzieh Lashkari Fatemeh Jafari Behnam Molavi <p>In the present report, we describe our experience with a 44-year-old male with abnormal retroperitoneal primitive neuroectodermal tumours (PNETs) in our hospital, who was operated on with a spindle cell neoplasm diagnosis.</p> 2020-04-07T07:58:04+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Measles-induced Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis in a Non-vaccinated Patient 2020-04-06T08:25:23+00:00 Deeba Ali Arnaud Detroz Yilmaz Gorur Lionel Bosquee Noel Lorenzo Villalba Benoît Cardos <p>We reported a case of measles-induced acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) in a 40-year-old immunocompetent adult. The patient presented a week after the development of respiratory symptoms and a cutaneous rash, and was admitted to hospital for altered mental status. Blood tests showed hyperleukocytosis, thrombopenia and cytolysis. A lumbar puncture was consistent with acute meningitis and the patient was initially treated with antiviral and wide broad-spectrum antibiotics. Serology and PCR for measles came back positive.</p> 2020-04-06T08:21:44+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Emphysematous Pancreatitis: A Rare Complication of Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis 2020-04-06T08:25:23+00:00 Niryinganji Révérien Mountassir Shuruk Siwane Abdellatif Tabakh Houria Touil Najwa Kacimi Omar Chikhaoui Nabil <p>Emphysematous pancreatitis is a rare and fatal complication of acute necrotizing pancreatitis. We report a radioclinical observation of a 61-year-old female patient who consulted for epigastric pain radiating to the back, associated with vomiting and elevated lipasaemia more than 3 times the normal value. The abdominal computerized tomography (CT) scan carried out on the fourth day of hospitalization, based on worsening of the clinical condition, showed pancreatic necrosis associated with the presence of air bubbles. Percutaneous puncture of a peripancreatic collection was positive for <em>Escherichia coli</em>. A diagnosis of emphysematous pancreatitis was established. The clinical and biological evolution of our patient was favourable with antibiotic treatment.</p> 2020-04-03T07:05:58+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Anosmia and Dysgeusia in the Absence of Other Respiratory Diseases: Should COVID-19 Infection Be Considered? 2020-04-06T14:47:33+00:00 Noel Lorenzo Villalba Yasmine Maouche Maria Belen Alonso Ortiz Zaida Cordoba Sosa Jean Baptiste Chahbazian Aneska Syrovatkova Pierre Pertoldi Emmanuel Andres Abrar-Ahmad Zulfiqar <p>We describe two elderly patients evaluated at emergency departments for anosmia/dysgeusia in the absence of any other respiratory symptoms prior to or upon admission. In the current epidemiological context, clinical and biological work-up led to a diagnosis of COVID-19 infection. Unfortunately, one of the patients died during hospitalization, but the other recovered and was discharged.</p> 2020-04-03T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Not All Patients with Hemiplegia Need Alteplase: A Case of Hemiplegic Migraine 2020-04-02T08:14:16+00:00 Sumeet Yadav Michelle Talukder Jacky Duong <p>Hemiplegic migraine (HM) is a rare type of migraine which presents with motor and sensory impairment like a cerebrovascular accident (CVA). We present a case of a 36-year-old female, with a prior CVA treated with alteplase, who presented to the emergency department with stroke-like symptoms with a duration of 1 hour. The NIH Stroke Scale score was 22 at presentation. The patient received alteplase under the supervision of a neurologist after head CT confirmed no bleed. Further work-up revealed no acute or remote ischaemia or infarction. This case demonstrates the importance of a thorough history, intercommunication between health systems and integrated Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for early diagnosis and management of HM.</p> 2020-04-02T08:05:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##