I had been practising my clinical skills all week with my friends. History taking and a focused cardiac, resp, abdominal and MSK exam. After completing the two hour OSCE, I drove immediately home. Found Lynne passed out looking feverish, her arms splayed, not being able to open her eyes.
Having done an entire OSCE this morning, I grabbed my stethoscope, and a light. I sat her down asked a few questions. So my history:
“20 year old female presents with sore throat. Onset of soreness began approximately yesterday. She describes no cough, no rhinorrhea or other coryza symptoms. No ear pain. A slight headache. She has fever and chills, as well as generalized weakness.”
Listened to her chest, palpated her cervical lymph nodes, which a few were tender. Look inside her throat, and bingo.
“Strep throat, you have strep throat.”
Also known as bacterial pharyngitis, or streptococcal pharyngitis. Here’s what I saw at the back of her throat:
I immediately took her to the doctor, who gave her some antibiotics, a 10 day course of Penicillin V. I suspected the symptoms were too severe for “just the flu”. Of course I had seen dozens of strep throat during my family medicine rotation.
I took her to Tim Hortons where she had some soup and hot chocolate (no milk). Now some R & R.