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Retroperitoneal Mass Masquerading as Failure to Thrive in a 91-year-old Woman



Abstract

Failure to thrive (FTT) is a state of overall decline. Patients often present with weight loss, poor appetite, malnutrition, and decreased physical functioning. The etiology is multifactorial including chronic diseases, functional impairments, and acute illnesses. Evaluation for reversible causes is paramount, and treatment is aimed at maintaining or improving functional status. We present a case of a 91-year-old woman with a retroperitoneal mass that was found on workup for failure to thrive.



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Case report
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Retroperitoneal Mass Masquerading as Failure to Thrive in a 91-year-old Woman


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Gabriel O. Ologun

General Surgery, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

Noel Yarze

Family Medicine, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

David Bertsch

Surgical Oncology, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

Joseph Mwesige Corresponding Author

Medicine, Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic


Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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Retroperitoneal Mass Masquerading as Failure to Thrive in a 91-year-old Woman


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  • Author Information
    Gabriel O. Ologun

    General Surgery, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

    Noel Yarze

    Family Medicine, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

    David Bertsch

    Surgical Oncology, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

    Joseph Mwesige Corresponding Author

    Medicine, Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

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    Article Information

    Published: November 08, 2017

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.1831

    Cite this article as:

    Ologun G O, Yarze N, Bertsch D, et al. (November 08, 2017) Retroperitoneal Mass Masquerading as Failure to Thrive in a 91-year-old Woman . Cureus 9(11): e1831. doi:10.7759/cureus.1831

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: September 03, 2017
    Peer review began: September 27, 2017
    Peer review concluded: November 04, 2017
    Published: November 08, 2017

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    Ologun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

Failure to thrive (FTT) is a state of overall decline. Patients often present with weight loss, poor appetite, malnutrition, and decreased physical functioning. The etiology is multifactorial including chronic diseases, functional impairments, and acute illnesses. Evaluation for reversible causes is paramount, and treatment is aimed at maintaining or improving functional status. We present a case of a 91-year-old woman with a retroperitoneal mass that was found on workup for failure to thrive.



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Gabriel O. Ologun, M.D.

General Surgery, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

Noel Yarze

Family Medicine, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

David Bertsch

Surgical Oncology, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

Joseph Mwesige

Medicine, Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic

For correspondence:
jmwesige@yahoo.com

Gabriel O. Ologun, M.D.

General Surgery, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

Noel Yarze

Family Medicine, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

David Bertsch

Surgical Oncology, Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

Joseph Mwesige

Medicine, Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic

For correspondence:
jmwesige@yahoo.com