Friday, September 18, 2009

Full Moon on the Quad

A week after "Full Moon on the Quad" a Stanford freshman develops malaise, headache, low grade fever, sore throat, and "swollen glands." He then takes "an antibiotic" that his roommate has and breaks out with this rash:

Challenge: What's the initial disease? What antibiotic did he take?

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Alex said...

mono + ampicillin/amox = rash

Kelly said...

mononucleosis and he took amoxicillin

Craig Chen said...

exactly right!
Full Moon on the Quad

This patient had acute infectious mononucleosis due to the Ebstein-Barr virus. One of the more common complications is a morbilliform rash after taking ampicillin (or amoxicillin or penicillin).

Sources: UpToDate;

neha said...

why full moon on the quad?