Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ER Stories 1: Ruptured Achilles Tendon

Note: These posts are intentionally vague (with no names, ages, or dates) so as to protect patient confidentiality. These stories are random and their publication dates have no correlation to the dates they occurred.

1. Healthy Male Patient in his twenties presents to the ER with ankle pain.

Patient was playing basketball and reported he felt a snap followed by severe ankle pain.

Not the most exciting story ever; it's the diagnosis that is fascinating.

And the diagnosis isssss....

Mr. Healthy Male Patient ruptured his Achilles Tendon.

I don't know about you, but that sounds like it would hurt. A lot.

And now I will just go about my business living in fear of moderate exercising causing my Achilles tendon to burst suddenly. Shudder.

Interested in more? Check out this three minute video of a ruptured Achilles Tendon being surgically repaired. Warning: it's a bit graphic. And awesome.

Next Wednesday, March 19th:ER Stories 2: It's a Boy!

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