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16 yr old with reoccuring leg infection

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 30, 2006
  • 05:29 PM

I am a 16 yr old girl who has had problems with my right leg since April 2005. It started with a small lump above my knee on the outside of my leg. After visiting several drs they stated it was a bruise. A few monthes later it moved to the back of my leg, was very hot, and turned blue. The dr then said it was an infection and gave me antibiotics. It cleared up, but never went away totally. In Sept 2005, my leg swelled to a mass of 19 cm by 8 cm..it was extremely painful. After several more dr visits to various specialist, a surgeon agreed to remove it. Tested showed it was an infection. There were no followup antibiotics and we were told it was gone. In February 2006, it was back. Surgery in March, same story. Well in April it starting leaking from the incision site. More antibiotics were prescribed. In August, it formed a head and was lanced by the dr. Culture test showed a staph infection. In Sept I saw an infectious disease dr that said it was MRSA. He gave me the course of treatment with clorox baths, antibiotics, and bactriban in my nose each day. I went for a followup visit in Dec 2006 and he now wants more surgery. Now he claims it is Chronic Osteomyelitis. I told him I am skeptical, since he swore it was MRSA and now he swears it is something else. I have had an xray that showed an abnormality of my bone, but it is the same abnormality that showed up in an MRI done in 2002. I have asked for more tests but none have been offered. Has anyone had anything like this before? Any suggestions on what to do? I will not allow the surgery without more tests, but I am concerned that I will endager my health if I don't.

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