Ruminations by a non-academic general surgeon from the heart of the rust belt.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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....