A 32-year-old recent Russian immigrant, mother of a 20-month-old son, presented with right hip pain. She had a history of peptic ulcer disease and a positive Helicobacter pylori serology. Her pain was not relieved by analgesics. Spine and pelvic films were unremarkable. A bone scan was consistent with metastatic disease. She underwent several diagnostic tests including computed tomography of the chest and abdomen, magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, mammogram, and breast ultrasound. A bone marrow biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma, primary site unknown. An upper endoscopy performed eight weeks after her initial presentation showed an ulcerating gastric carcinoma. She was treated with chemotherapy but died two months after diagnosis. Our patient had an uncommon presentation of a common disease. Recognizing her country of origin, and other risk factors, may have facilitated an earlier diagnosis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2000|
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