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    What causes redness on the shin and pain in left arm?

Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: My son had ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair 6 days ago. He has developed a slightly red, tender region (dollar XXXXXXX sized) half way between his knee and his ankle on the medial side. He has also now developed a 102* fever tonight. He was in for his post op appointment today, we reported these symptoms, but at that time only had a 99* fever which has now spiked. He also has tenderness and pain in his left arm (biceps/triceps area) which may be unrelated because he has been using crutches. Should we concerned about infection and / or blood clots. He also reports that his toes 'feel funny' . We are elevating and icing the knee . Any suggestions on whether we should be concerned.
Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Nothing to be concerned, wait until you see his doctor today

Detailed Answer:

I am sorry for the situation your son is in.

As the redness is associated with fever, there are two possible causes:
- thrombophlebitis or
- bacterial skin infection

A photo of the affected area can help with more details.

As you are having a post op appointment today, I advise to continue with Tylenol, icing and elevation until you see his doctor.
If he will get difficulty in breathing, then should send to ER before appointment.
However, I think he won't have such problems until see the doctor.

Wish fast recovery.
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