A. ECHANIZ, M.D.; JULIO DE MIGUEL PRIETO, M.D.; F. ARNAL, M.D.; J. D. PEDREIRA, M.D.
To the editor: Whereas tumors and hemorrhage have been described as causes of an adrenal mass in adults (1, 2), a suprarenal abscess is extremely rare in newborns as a complication of puerperal sepsis (3). We describe the case of a woman with an adrenal mass during the postpartum period caused by an Escherichia coli abscess.
A 27-year-old, previously healthy woman was hospitalized with fever, chills, and right lumbar pain 20 days after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. Four days postpartum she had complained of progressive malaise and fever without other symptoms. Physical findings included a temperature of 39.8 °
ECHANIZ A, PRIETO JDM, ARNAL F, PEDREIRA JD. Escherichia coli Abscess as an Adrenal Mass. Ann Intern Med. ;103:481. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-3-481_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(3):481.
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