Management of cellulitis and soft tissue infections

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Cellulitis is a clinical diagnosis and thus is made on the basis of history and physical examination. Imaging may be helpful for characterizing purulent soft tissue infections and associated osteomyelitis” Bystritsky and Chambers (2018).

Abstract

Cellulitis and soft tissue infections are a diverse group of diseases that range from uncomplicated cellulitis to necrotizing fasciitis. Management of predisposing conditions is the primary means of prevention. Cellulitis is a clinical diagnosis and thus is made on the basis of history and physical examination. Imaging may be helpful for characterizing purulent soft tissue infections and associated osteomyelitis. Treatment varies according to the type of infection. The foundations of treatment are drainage of purulence and antibiotics, the latter targeted at the infection’s most likely cause.

Reference:

Bystritsky, R. and Chambers, H. (2018) Cellulitis and Soft Tissue Infections. Annals of Internal Medicine. 168(3), p.ITC17-ITC32.

DOI: 10.7326/AITC201802060

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