Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Orthopedic Surgery


Elyse Watkins, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, NCMP


Upon entering the specialty of total joint arthroplasty, PAs are trained to identify the most common complications associated with joint replacement and revision surgery, including prosthetic joint infections. This case report identifies an unusual diagnosis that presented in a total knee arthroplasty revision patient. While her symptoms mimicked that of a septic joint, she was found to have an atypical presentation of Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a life-threatening condition for which timely diagnosis is imperative in achieving successful remission. In the case of unexpected diagnoses, or zebras, clinical prowess in obtaining and updating medical history proves to be essential in the timely re-direction of patient care.


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