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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0120102642.
Published online 2010 September 21. doi:  10.1136/bcr.01.2010.2642
PMCID: PMC3030285
Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

Bilateral psoas abscesses and vertebral osteomyelitis in a patient with sickle cell disease


The authors present a case of a patient with sickle-β thalassaemia (Sβ0 Thal) who had bilateral psoas abscesses on a background of splenectomy in early childhood. The patient also turned out to have vertebral osteomyelitis and hydronephrosis on the side of the larger abscess. The only organism recovered from the patient was a Bacteroides species. The patient was managed with percutaneous drainage and intravenous antibiotics and made a full recovery.

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