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Pyocystis and Prostate Abscess in a Hemodialysis Patient in the Emergency Department

  • Author(s): Stafford, Phillip A
  • Prybys, Katherine M
  • et al.

The urinary tract is an often forgotten and under-appreciated source of infection in anuric hemodialysis patients. Bladder abscess, also called pyocystis, is a severe complication of low urinary flow that can be difficult to detect, leading to delays in treatment and increased morbidity. The emergency physician should maintain a high suspicion for pyocystis, which can be quickly diagnosed by bedside ultrasound. We report a case of a hemodialysis patient with an initially minor presentation who developed sepsis secondary to pyocystis and prostate abscess. [West J Emerg Med. 2014;15(6):-0]

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