Quiz: What’s causing this acute abdominal pain?
A 71-year-old male with a history of cough, atrial fibrillation and hypertension presents to the emergency department with a one-day history of severe abdominal pain.
On examination, his vital signs are stable. Laboratory findings reveal an expected INR of 2.8, but are otherwise unremarkable.
A palpable tender mass can be felt in the right lower quadrant of his abdomen. When the patient sits up, the location of his pain remains unchanged. A CT scan reveals the findings.
Which of the following is a risk factor for this patient’s presentation?