Case 7-1985: An 80-Year-Old Woman with Recurrent Hematochezia and Multiple Ailments
Presentation of Case An 80-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of hematochezia. She was in a static state of health until five weeks earlier, when she passed fresh blood with a stool. Bleeding per rectum recurred twice during the next two weeks, and she was admitted to the hospital. On examination she was pale but alert and talkative. The blood pressure was 170/90 mm Hg supine and 150/70 mm Hg seated. The lungs were clear. The heart was not enlarged; a Grade 3 systolic ejection murmur was heard at the apex and base and was transmitted to both. © 1985, Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
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