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A 50-year-old man presented to our emergency department because of worsening abdominal pain of 2 days duration accompanied by fever. Upon admission the middle and lower abdomen was moderately painful upon palpation. His temperature was 38.8°C. Laboratory tests showed leucocytosis (15 × 109/l) and thrombocytopenia (61 × 109/l), a C-reactive protein level of 276 mg/l (normal …
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