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Abnormal presentation of haemorrhagic adrenal cyst
  1. Kheloud Aboueldahab,
  2. Joseph Yikona and
  3. Nayeem Hasan
  1. AMU, West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joseph Yikona; joseph.yikona{at}


An 81-year-old patient presented with fever and lethargy for 3 weeks. There were no other signs or symptoms of infection. Detailed history revealed a fall onto his right flank, prior to the start of fever. All microbiological, autoimmune and oncological investigations were negative. CT scan of chest, abdomen and pelvis showed haemorrhage in a previously diagnosed simple adrenal cyst. The cyst was non-functioning. The patient continued to spike fever in the following 4 weeks, otherwise remained stable. The patient was managed conservatively as haemoglobin level was stable. Repeated scan showed signs of improvement. He was discharged after 5 weeks. He remained afebrile and asymptomatic at the planned endocrinology outpatient follow-up after 8 weeks.

  • adrenal disorders
  • geriatric medicine

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the initial idea to write up the case. KA wrote the draft and revisions. NH discussed the planning and data interpretation. JY finalised the concepts and 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.

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