Journal Article

Clinical Presentations of Soft-Tissue Infections and Surgical Site Infections

Ronald Lee Nichols and Sander Florman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue Supplement_2, pages S84-S93
Published in print September 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/321862
Clinical Presentations of Soft-Tissue Infections and Surgical Site Infections

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Skin and soft-tissue infections that usually follow minor traumatic events or surgical procedures are caused by a wide spectrum of bacteria. Less frequently, the infections occur spontaneously, which often is clinically confusing and leads to delays in diagnosis. Most of the infections are self-limited and easily treated with local measures and/or antibiotics. Others are life-threatening, requiring prompt diagnosis and aggressive surgical debridement in addition to the wise choice of antibiotic agents to limit tissue loss and preserve life. Many survivors experience critical tissue losses that may require changes in lifestyle as well as major reconstructive cosmetic surgery. Involvement of antibiotic-resistant gram-positive microorganisms in these infections only increases the difficulty of their treatment and may have a significant influence on the ultimate outcome.

Journal Article.  5063 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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