Right lower extremity hematoma from soleus/gastrocnemius tear and right medial meniscus tear.
Patient was sent for hematoma evacuation of right lower extremity by vascular surgeon. Cultures were obtained and found to involve methicillin sensitive staph aureus. Patient was placed on antibiotics for three weeks, and brought back for elective arthroscopy.
Patient went through physical therapy and began light jogging eight weeks after his arthroscopic procedure. He has recovered and doing
It is always important to consider deep venous thrombosis and compartment syndrome in the initial evaluation of lower extremity swelling.
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