Cellulitis of the skin: clinical observations of 50 cases.


Fifty patients with cellulitis were seen consecutively during a six month period at the Jewish General Hospital. Two groups could be identified. Group 1 patients had no evidence of wound suppuration, no portal of entry was identified, there was no underlying disease state other than a history of having had cellulitis in the past, and a bacterial pathogen was isolated in 43.5% of the aspirates. In contrast, group 2 patients had small abscesses at a readily identifiable portal of entry, and the diagnosis was established on gram stain and culture of the aspirate in 89%. Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus pyogenes were isolated with equal frequency in both groups of patients. Implications for therapy are discussed.

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@article{Szilgyi1982CellulitisOT, title={Cellulitis of the skin: clinical observations of 50 cases.}, author={Andr{\'a}sn{\'e} Szil{\'a}gyi and Joseph Mendelson and Joel D Portnoy}, journal={Canadian family physician Médecin de famille canadien}, year={1982}, volume={28}, pages={1399-402} }