Tuesday, May 08, 2007

'Tis the Season

A 78 yo man with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer presented today for a general skin exam: a six month check-up. It is high spring now and everyone is outdoors doing something. On his left mid-back I spied this unusual "tumor." The patient was unaware of it. He was pruning apple trees two days ago.

If he hadn't come in for a routine exam, who knows when this would have been discovered.

I pulled the tick out with forceps, gave him 200 mg of doxycycline to take and will see him back as necessary.

Strange and stranger. What some call an "incidentaloma."

1 comment:

  1. Ticks are a bigger problem to dogs in Australia than to people. At least you know what the problem is when they start dragging their hind legs! We do not see your Lyme disease much. Doxycycline cures most of the human problems but finding the tick on my Border Collies has been the most difficult thing.


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