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Infectious complication of Blunt head injury
  1. Hemal K Kanzaria1,
  2. Alissa Detz2
  1. 1 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
  2. 2 Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hemal K Kanzaria, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, 10940 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 710 Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA; hkanzaria{at}mednet.ucla.edu

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A middle-aged man presented to a rural hospital in South Africa with a history of head trauma. He reported being attacked and stoned 2 weeks prior, and subsequently noticed drainage from a wound he sustained during the assault. On physical exam, he had a 3 cm×2 cm forehead wound with purulent drainage. Neurologic exam showed no focal deficits. Lateral and frontal skull films …

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  • Contributors HKK obtained oral consent from the patient, took the photographs, and contributed to the care of the patient. HKK and AD drafted the manuscript together.

  • Competing interests HKK is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA. AD is supported by the National Service Research Award fellowship at UCLA.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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