Man with unknown disease finally gets some answers

Man with unknown disease finally gets some answers
Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 11:21 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It began as a regular sinus infection.

"So, I went to the doctor about a week and a half before all this went down, didn't get any better," said Tony Rougeau.

But what was happening on the outside, was no match for what was happening on the inside. "This is a systemic process," said Infectious Disease Specialist from Lake Charles Memorial, Doctor Carlos Choucino, "It's not just the skin, his heart got involved, his liver got involved, his kidneys got involved all of those things were not working properly,"

Rougeau spent six days in the hospital with no idea what was going on with his body. "It was a very trying time, probably ten to fifteen nurses and doctors running around, pulling ports from multiple places in my arms and hands trying to figure it out," he said.

But today, Rougeau finally has some answers. He has sepsis of the blood and Sweet's Syndrome.

Doctor Choucino says it's a skin disease with a sudden onset of fever and an elevated white blood cell count, which was everything Rougeau was experiencing.

"Sweet syndrome by itself is not a disease, it's a manifestation of something else," Doctor Choucino said.

Rougeau has made almost a full recovery, but with all the issues he had during those six days, Doctor Choucino says his journey isn't over. He'll need to follow up with tests for cancer as they try to find a reason as to why this happened.

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