Vital Signs

A swollen area grows larger and larger

By Mark Cohen|Sunday, June 05, 2005
RELATED TAGS: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
My second-year resident ducked his head into my office in the pediatric clinic. “Hey, Dr. Cohen,” he said, “can you come and look at a girl with a lump on her arm?” The area on the 7-year-old girl’s upper right arm had been swelling for about a week, he said, and it was getting bigger. She’d had a slight fever about a week ago, but none since. The lump was painful and hard, and yesterday the mother had noticed some slight redness of the skin. The child had be...
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