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2022 Aug




Gastrointestinal Perforation Complicated by Continuous Opioids Administration for Intrahepatic Cystic Hemorrhage Pain Management.



Intracystic hemorrhage is a rare complication of multiple hepatic cysts and can lead to hemorrhagic shock. Hence, measures should be taken to prevent the rupture of cysts. The incidence of intestinal perforation is high in patients undergoing hemodialysis. The diagnosis can be difficult in a patient without typical symptoms. We report the case of a woman in her late 60s with multiple renal and hepatic cysts, which caused chronic renal failure managed with dialysis. She presented with abdominal pain and was diagnosed with intrahepatic cystic bleeding. Continuous intravenous fentanyl was administered for pain management, which temporarily alleviated pain, but abdominal pain recurred with increased intensity when she resumed feeding. Subsequently, a contrast-enhanced computed tomography revealed perforation of the lower gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, in cases of intrahepatic cystic hemorrhage that require administration of analgesics, the complications of other diseases that may also cause acute abdominal pain should also be considered.