Groin pain is a frequently occurring complaint in presentations to the Emergency Department. Muscular sprain is often a differential diagnosis, however serious conditions such as pyomyositis should not be ignored. This case report presents a child with atraumatic right groin pain, which was initially diagnosed as a muscular sprain. The patient later re-presented out of hours to the Emergency Department with what was found to be extensive pelvic abscesses. He was subsequently found to have bilateral pneumonia and later developed a pericardial effusion and osteomyelitis of the right iliac bone, sacroiliac joint and sacrum. With multiple surgical interventions and appropriate antibiotics, he made a full recovery and was discharged home after a total admission time of 41 days. The causative organism was found to be Panton-Valentine leucocidin-positive methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus.
- orthopaedic and trauma surgery
- emergency medicine
- bone and joint infections
- paediatrics (drugs and medicines)
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Contributors NI, SKGP and JSW-J saw this case in the emergency department. NI wrote the case report and obtained consent from the patient and guardian. SKGP and NI performed the literature search. SKGP and JSW-J critically appraised the article and contributed to make necessary changes in the article.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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