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A 22-year-old male asked about a 32-year-old female:

30 year old female cousin with long history of neck pain admitted to hospital yesterday with high fever and toe pain/swelling. possible r.a. or lupus?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Fever: An inflammatory arthritis is a possibility as well as gout from your description. More concerning is the fever with the swollen toe. This is concerning for infection especially if an underlying disease such as diabetes. Hopefully you will have more answers and your cousin is feeling better in next couple days.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Gout is extremely unlikely in a 30 year old female. Infection is much more likely.
Aug 21, 2013
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Dr. Jimmy Bowen commented
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
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Totally agree.
Aug 21, 2013
Dr. Vadim Glukh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
Could be infected: Neck pain may or may not be related, but the high fever, pain and swelling in the toe could be the signs of severe infection.
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Last updated Sep 30, 2013

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