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Pyomyositis is a primary bacterial infection of skeletal muscles presenting with minimal clinical symptoms during the early stages and affects immunocompetent and immunocompromised individuals.1 MRI is a sensitive and specific imaging modality for early detection.1 Here we report a young man with a recent history of type 2 diabetes and recovery from hepatitis E presenting with right thigh pain and minimal erythema diagnosed with right thigh pyomyositis with the assistance of an early MRI.
A 39-year-old man presented with a 5 day history of non-specific pain over the right thigh and a low grade fever. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 3 months ago and had recovered from viral hepatitis E infection 4 weeks ago. Clinical examination revealed mild tenderness over the right thigh with normal overlying skin. Investigations revealed leucocytosis 18×109/l (reference range (RR) 4–12) with a normal creatine kinase (CK) value of 31·7 U/l (RR 24–195), HbA1c of 7·2% and a normal HIV antibody test.
The patient was advised admission to hospital and …
Contributors AKA, CG and GS were involved in management of the patient and writing and reviewing the article. GS obtained consent from the patient. MJ was involved in the management of the patient and writing the article. KGS and MC were involved in the management of the patient and revised the article. All the authors played a role in writing this manuscript.
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