EVAN B. WEISMAN, M.D.
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To the editor: Baddour and Bisno (1) described five patients with recurrent episodes of cellulitis in the lower leg used to harvest a saphenous vein for coronary bypass surgery. None of these patients had positive blood cultures and the diagnosis of streptococcal infection was made on clinical grounds.
I report a patient with the same syndrome who had two episodes of cellulitis involving the leg from which the saphenous vein was removed for bypass surgery. The episodes of cellulitis occurred in August 1981 and May 1982. A blood culture done at the time of the first episode was positive for
WEISMAN EB. Veins for Coronary Bypass Surgery and Cellulitis. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:113. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-1-113_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(1):113.
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