Last Updated: 2023-07-07
Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.
Bacterial, purulent inflammation of the tissue crevices, usually caused by staphylococci and streptococci.
Staphylococcus aureus and group A streptococci (rarely also mixed flora or gram-negative germs) can form unfocused abscesses and enter the bloodstream and lymphatic system via the subcutaneous tissue. This is often caused by panaritis, minor injuries, infected wounds, thrombophlebitis or erysipelas
- Warm, pasty, painful, sometimes purulent, reddened oedema, rarely with subcutaneous abscesses. In addition, lymphangitis and lymphadenitis may occur
- A severe feeling of illness and high fever is typical
- The diagnosis is made clinically
- Bacterial smear after stab incision if atypical pathogens are suspected
- BB (leucocytosis), CRP, ESR, liver and kidney values (before planned antibiotic therapy)
- Regular control of temperature, blood sugar determination
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