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Vol 63, No 2 (2012)
CASE REPORT
Submitted: 2013-02-18
Published online: 2012-09-03
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Acute abdominal pain during an Antarctic cruise — a case report

Eilif Dahl
International Maritime Health 2012;63(2):102-105.

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Vol 63, No 2 (2012)
CASE REPORT
Submitted: 2013-02-18
Published online: 2012-09-03

Abstract

A 21-year-old female crew member experienced a number of medical conditions during a summer cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. At one point symptoms and signs strongly suggested acute appendicitis. She was monitored and treated conservatively on board and recovered uneventfully without surgery. Later she had a biliary colic attack and then an allergic reaction to the pain medication given. The pre-employment medical fitness certificate cannot always be trusted regarding previous history of allergies and medical conditions.

Abstract

A 21-year-old female crew member experienced a number of medical conditions during a summer cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. At one point symptoms and signs strongly suggested acute appendicitis. She was monitored and treated conservatively on board and recovered uneventfully without surgery. Later she had a biliary colic attack and then an allergic reaction to the pain medication given. The pre-employment medical fitness certificate cannot always be trusted regarding previous history of allergies and medical conditions.

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Keywords

acute appendicitis; conservative treatment; cruise medicine; pre-employment medical examination

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Title

Acute abdominal pain during an Antarctic cruise — a case report

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 63, No 2 (2012)

Pages

102-105

Published online

2012-09-03

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2012;63(2):102-105.

Keywords

acute appendicitis
conservative treatment
cruise medicine
pre-employment medical examination

Authors

Eilif Dahl

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