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Ewha Med J. 2015 Mar;38(1):54-58. English. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.12771/emj.2015.38.1.54
Nam DI , Kang C , Jung IH , Moon HG , Youn BR , Lee NH .
Division of Gasteroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Gwangju Veterans Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. nhlee365@bohun.or.kr
Abstract

Pseudomembranous colitis (PMC) is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients. Although diarrhea is the most common manifestation, PMC may be associated with intraperitoneal fluid accumulation in the severe cases. And a few cases showing both ascites and pleural effusion have been reported in patients with PMC. We report a case of PMC who showed elevated serum and ascites levels of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) with a normal CEA level in pleural effusion and who successfully recovered after oral administration of metronidazole. After treatment, the serum CEA level returned to the reference range.

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