A 46-year-old man with excruciating shoulder pain

Eric J. Olafsson, Tallal Zeni, David S. Wilkes

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Abstract

A 46-year-old man with no significant medical history presented to his local emergency department complaining of excruciating right shoulder pain. The patient was in his usual state of excellent health until 4 days prior, when right shoulder pain developed while he was using a chainsaw to cut wood. The next day, flu-like symptoms developed with fevers, chills, and headache. An MRI revealed that the right pectoralis major was torn from its attachment to the acromion. His shoulder pain intensified despite treatment with hydrocodone and acetaminophen, and the flu-like symptoms progressed over the next 2 days. Finally, on the day of hospital admission, he was weak and unable to arise out of bed. He was taken by family members to the local emergency department.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1039-1044
Number of pages6
JournalChest
Volume127
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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Shoulder Pain
Hospital Emergency Service
Acromion
Chills
Headache
Fever
Health
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Streptococcal gangrenous myositis
  • Streptococcal soft-tissue infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Olafsson, E. J., Zeni, T., & Wilkes, D. S. (2005). A 46-year-old man with excruciating shoulder pain. Chest, 127(3), 1039-1044. https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.127.3.1039

A 46-year-old man with excruciating shoulder pain. / Olafsson, Eric J.; Zeni, Tallal; Wilkes, David S.

In: Chest, Vol. 127, No. 3, 03.2005, p. 1039-1044.

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Olafsson, EJ, Zeni, T & Wilkes, DS 2005, 'A 46-year-old man with excruciating shoulder pain', Chest, vol. 127, no. 3, pp. 1039-1044. https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.127.3.1039
Olafsson EJ, Zeni T, Wilkes DS. A 46-year-old man with excruciating shoulder pain. Chest. 2005 Mar;127(3):1039-1044. https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.127.3.1039
Olafsson, Eric J. ; Zeni, Tallal ; Wilkes, David S. / A 46-year-old man with excruciating shoulder pain. In: Chest. 2005 ; Vol. 127, No. 3. pp. 1039-1044.
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