Tag Archives: Staphylococcus

Prostate Abscesses and Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia

A 55-year-old man with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes was admitted with 8 days of lower urinary tract symptoms, including burning micturition and frequency, and 2 days of fever and rigors. Examination was normal, except for fever (38.5°C) and tachycardia. No loin tenderness or penile discharge was found, and digital rectal examination showed +1 elastic, nontender […]

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The patient's right hand was covered with erythematous macules.

A Plethora of Pustules: Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis

The patient’s presentation suggested a number of serious dermatologic or infectious diseases, but in fact, a drug reaction was to blame for her symptoms. A 69-year-old woman with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was admitted to our hospital with a worsening rash. Four days earlier she presented to a different facility with a […]

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The patient's lateral calf x-ray on admission, showing deformation and thickening of the distal cortex of the tibia and (arrows) overlying bulging of the soft tissues, with sinus tract and purulent discharge (not shown).

Stubborn Creatures: Dormant Staphylococcus aureus

A healthy 70-year-old woman was admitted with a 3-day history of a pus-emitting wound on her left shin, in the absence of trauma. She was afebrile, and examination was normal excepting a warm, erythematous and tender area over her left distal tibia with a central swollen area discharging pus. Hemoglobin was 11.7 g/dL, white blood […]

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The patient had diffuse nodules in various stages of healing on the extensor surfaces of his legs.

Curious Crosses: Injection-Induced Lesions

Skin biopsy provided an elusive diagnosis and evidence that the patient had likely omitted important information during medical interviews. A 43-year-old man with a history of alcohol and opioid use was admitted to the inpatient ward from the infectious disease clinic. For 2 weeks, he had experienced recurrent, painful skin nodules that expressed bloody, purulent […]

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Photograph of the ulcer extending outward from the left nasal ala.

Unmasking a Hidden Cause of Persistent Facial Ulceration: The Relevancy of a Neurologic Examination

Upon presentation, the patient was afebrile and hypertensive to 199/81 mm Hg. Physical examination revealed prominent tender left-sided preauricular and submandibular lymphadenopathy and a linear crusted ulcer with jagged edges extending from the inferior aspect of the medial left eyebrow to the left nasolabial fold (Figure 1). Neurologic examination was notable for left-sided ptosis and miosis, […]

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Leukocytoclastic vasculitis rash on the extremities. Classic findings of leukocytoclastic vasculitis include a palpable, purpuric, and petechial rash on hands (A) and feet, including soles (B).

Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Masquerading as Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis

A 34-year-old Hispanic man with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis and type 2 diabetes mellitus presented with 2 weeks of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, rash, and syncope. Five days before presentation he developed an erythematous petechial rash on his right hand that spread sequentially to his left hand, forearms, feet, legs, and flanks. The […]

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