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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi I have a brownish colour discharge/pus coming from my belly. I get stomach pains randomly throughout the week. Ive seen a few doctors, had blood tests, ultrasounds, and xrays done, but no one is able to tell me what is wrong. Ive been to a specialist and he has ruled out appendicitis and a few other things. I am a 26 year old female and i dont know if this is of relevance but my partner and I have been trying for a baby for a year now. The stomach pains are more commonly in the morning, and i get a dark green stool too. Do you know what could be causing this? Thank you
Doctor :   hi dr XXXX here
User :   hi
User :   do you know what could be causing this?
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   so the ultrasound is normal ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   In that case, this could be a abscess in the skin
User :   what is that caused from?
Doctor :   brownish colour discharge/pus coming from my belly. - what do u mean by that ?
User :   ok well is it serious?
Doctor :   no
User :   what should i do for a treatment?
Doctor :   you will need to get it examined and the pus drained and take acourse of antibiotics
User :   shouldnt that have shown on an ultrasound too?
Doctor :   where exactly , does the pus come out from ?
User :   belly button.. usually its a yellowish colour but its doesnt happen all the time.. just last week it looked more brownish
Doctor :   In that case, u must be having a fistula
Doctor :   and this needs a CT scan / MRI to check the track of the fistula
Doctor :   and ultimately the fistula can be removed by a minor surgery
User :   ok.. but i believe i had a ct scan.. whn i went for it they gave me iodine drink and dye thru a needle.. the radiologist told the doctor that he thought my liver looked a little "funny" but my doctor disagreed and they couldnt see anything else
Doctor :   did u have the CT abdomen / belly ?
User :   i had a lower ab ultrasound, then an upper ab ultrasound, then an upper ab ct scan, and many blood tests too
Doctor :   so all these tests were inconclusive ?
User :   in the scan machine the scaned my whole belly.. but showed nothing other than what the radiologist had mentioned about my liver.. but thats all
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   did ur doctor examine the belly, where the pus comes out ?
User :   yea i went to a specialist .. a Gastroenterologist and he felt my stomach
User :   and by the pressure and areas he was pushing he at first thought it was my appendix
User :   but now thats definitely been ruled out,
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   but usually a fistula can be made out , by the opening in the skin and using a probe
Doctor :   the opening is where the pus comes out ?
User :   well the only place i am getting pus is from my belly button
Doctor :   then there is either an abseess or a fistula which is the definitely the diagnosis
Doctor :   you get that examined by a surgeon and he will take care of it
User :   ok
User :   just by any surgeon?
Doctor :   also a injection of dye into the fistula can also help in the detection of the fistula
Doctor :   yes , a general surgeon will do
User :   ok
User :   thank you so much i truly appreciate it!
Doctor :   u r welcome
User :   bye :)
Doctor :   bye for now
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