Sinus infection turns into a mystery illness for Louisiana man

Posted at 11:32 AM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 12:37:18-04

(KPLC/NBC News) -- A Louisiana man is finally getting answers after coming down with a mystery illness. It began as a regular sinus infection.

Tony Rougeau says he went to the doctor, but his condition only worsened.

Rougeau eventually spent six days in the hospital with no idea what was going on with his body. 

"This is a systemic process," says infectious disease specialist Dr. 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,"

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

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

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