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A 60-Year-old Man With Septic Arthritis and Hypotension After a Fall*

Sogol Nowbar, MD; Erick Ridout, BA; Edward D. Chan, MD
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*From the Department of Internal Medicine and Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO.



Chest. 1999;115(3):883-885. doi:10.1378/chest.115.3.883
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A 60-year-old man with alcoholic cirrhosis was admitted to the hospital with complaints of fever, chills, and a painful and swollen left elbow. The patient reported that he lost consciousness 6 days prior to admission while urinating and fell, sustaining a cut to his left elbow. He drank heavily, smoked one pack of cigarettes a day, and owned an indoor cat but denied being bitten or licked near his elbow.

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