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Juxtapapillary duodenal diverticulitis in an elderly female
  1. Andrew Groff1,
  2. Leonard Walsh2,
  3. Manpreet Singh2 and
  4. Rohit Jain2
  1. 1 Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2 Department of Internal Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Andrew Groff, agroff5{at}


We describe the case of an 82-year-old Caucasian woman who presented to our institution as a transfer from an outside hospital with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain with CT imaging concerning for a duodenal mass or abscess in the juxtapapillary region of the second part of the duodenum. Upper endoscopy showed a non-bleeding duodenal diverticulum with purulent discharge consistent with diverticulitis. She underwent endoscopic disimpaction with irrigation and received a 14 day course of antibiotics, after which she presented for follow-up 1 month after discharge without complications. This case highlights the rarity of juxtapapillary duodenal diverticulitis, its nonspecific clinical presentation and imaging findings and the importance of early diagnosis and management to prevent severe complications including perforation.

  • endoscopy
  • stomach and duodenum
  • infection (gastroenterology)

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  • Contributors AG drafted and revised the manuscript. LW revised the draft and obtained consent and input from the patient. MS and RJ supervised, reviewed and edited the draft. All authors reviewed and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.