MKSAP 18 "Quiz Me!" Question

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MKSAP 18 Q & A

A 58-year-old woman is evaluated in the emergency department for sharp, nonradiating pain in the left lower quadrant that has persisted for 2 days. She reports no fever, diarrhea, or blood in stools and has not traveled recently. Her last colonoscopy, performed 1 year earlier, showed pandiverticulosis.

On physical examination, her temperature is 37.2 °C (99.0 °F), blood pressure is 130/85 mm Hg, pulse rate is 88/min, and respiratory rate is 18/min; BMI is 26. Abdominal examination is positive for left-lower-quadrant tenderness on palpation with no rebound or guarding.

Results of laboratory studies show an elevated leukocyte count; other findings are normal.

Abdominal CT shows focal diverticulitis in the sigmoid colon, without abscess.

Which of the following is the most appropriate next step in management?

A: Colonoscopy
B: Intravenous antibiotics
C: Oral antibiotics
D: Surgery

Answer and Critique

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