Eric L. Westerman, MD
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Westerman EL. Other Disorders That Mimic Infectious Cellulitis. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142:949. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-142-11-200506070-00019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(11):949.
TO THE EDITOR:
The review by Falagas and Vergidis (1) is a welcome compilation of many disorders that may be misdiagnosed or confused with infectious cellulitis. I would like to mention 2 additional conditions that are often misdiagnosed as infectious cellulitis.
The first is venous stasis dermatitis, a condition that is preceded by chronic venous insufficiency and is a result of chronic edema and eventual extravasation of erythrocytes into the dermis, leading to signs of inflammation. When this condition ulcerates, secondary infection may occur. However, even when no ulceration exists, the condition may manifest with signs of inflammation, such as pain, erythema, warmth, and induration, although fever is generally not seen unless secondary infection has occurred.
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