Strep throat, an infection at the back of the throat common in children, can become dangerous when untreated. However, most people seek medical attention as soon as they start experiencing the symptoms, which include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes,
- Red tonsils,
- Sore throat,
In most cases, strep throat will usually improve in three to five days and complications in adults is low. However, one man’s seemingly harmless infection quickly became life-threatening.
A Michigan man, who thought he had nothing more than a common flu, contracted a rare case of strep throat, which resulted in him requiring a quadruple amputation.
44-year-old Kevin Breen, a Grand Rapids resident, suspected nothing out of the ordinary was wrong when he started noticing flu like symptoms a few days before Christmas.
Initially, Breen brushed off the symptoms until he started to endure more serious stomach pains, which sent him to the emergency room
Medics performed a CT scan on Breen’s stomach, which revealed that Breen’s flu was much more serious than it appeared. The scan showed that his stomach was dangerously enlarged and filled with pus.
Dr. Elizabeth Steensma, an acute care surgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital told WOOD-TV, “He was one of the sickest patients I have ever taken care of.”
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