B. C. FINE, M.D.; P. R. SHECKMAN, M.D.; J. C. BARTLETT, M.D.
To the editor: Superficial soft tissue infection is usually treated on an outpatient basis by incision and drainage with or without accompanying antibiotic therapy. Many investigators have shown that transient bacteremia occurs after manipulation of mucosal surfaces or certain surgical procedures, but none has looked for bacteremia induced by incision and drainage of cutaneous abscesses (1, 2). We have studied this question in 10 patients.
Cases were included in the study on the basis of four criteria: soft tissue infection was drained by incision; the skin overlying the infected area was intact; no antibiotic therapy was given during the preceding
B. C. FINE, P. R. SHECKMAN, J. C. BARTLETT. Incision and Drainage of Soft-Tissue Abscesses and Bacteremia. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:645. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-4-645_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):645.
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