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D. Picard, A. Klein, S. Grigioni and P. Joly Risk factors for abscess formation in patients with superficial cellulitis (erysipelas) of the leg British Journal of Dermatology 168

Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12148

What’s already known about this topic?

  •  Complications of leg cellulitis lengthen the stay in hospital.
  •  Advanced age, diabetes mellitus and elevated leucocytosis at baseline are risk factors for general complications in patients with cellulitis of the leg.
  •  Abscess is a common local complication of leg cellulitis.
  •  Little is known about risk factors for abscess formation in leg cellulitis.

What does this study add?

  •  Risk factors for abscess formation in patients with leg cellulitis were identified.
  •  Delayed management of patients is associated with occurrence of abscess in leg cellulitis.

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