Thursday, July 16, 2009

Diagnosis: Fail




This poor older guy had been going to urgent care centers and ER's over and over for 6 weeks complaining of "back pain". He was diagnosed with shingles. Valtrex was prescribed. One day he passed out at work and was brought into the ER hypotensive and septic. I drained about a gallon of pus from his fluctuant, erythematous, tender back. General surgeons get all the glory....

3 comments:

platensimycin said...

Shingles?

Geez....

Great catch, Buckeye.

Bongi said...

good for you. who asked for the ct? seems it should have been clinically clear.

Kellie said...

Just a case of people not actually LOOKING at the patient. I've seen it before.