Vinodharan Nagaretnam1, Sanjiv Rampal1, Razif Abas2, Suresh Chopra3, Teh Hak Lian3

1Department of Orthopaedic, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
2Department of Human Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
3Department of Orthopaedic, Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, Malaysia

Keywords: Adductor canal, Klebsiella pneumoniae, psoas abscess


A 43-year-old male patient with underlying diabetes mellitus presented with lower abdominal pain radiating to left thigh. He was hemodynamically stable, but appeared lethargic. Both iliac fossae were tender, and crepitus appreciated along the anteromedial aspect of the left thigh. The patient initially responded well to treatment and was discharged; however, he was re-admitted several months later due to recurrent collection showing the growth of Klebsiella pneumoniae in the culture and succumbed to sepsis due to deep-seated intramuscular abscess and lung empyema. In conclusion, psoas abscess is a condition that can mimic various pathologies related to the lower abdomen and, therefore, clinicians should always have a high index of suspicion to prevent a missed diagnosis. Early detection may yield good outcomes, if managed with adequate surgical drainage and appropriate antibiotics.

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The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

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We would like to acknowledge the Head Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology for all the support and vision in the publication of this paper.