In the February 2017 issue of JAMA Dermatology, Weng and colleagues1 reported a high rate of misdiagnosis and unnecessary care delivered to patients in the emergency department (ED) hospitalized with the diagnosis of lower extremity cellulitis. Based on a subsequent change in diagnosis during hospitalization or within 30 days of discharge, the authors found that 79 (30.5%) of 259 patients admitted to the hospital from the ED with a diagnosis of cellulitis did not actually have the disease. The most common cause of mistaken diagnosis was a vascular condition such as stasis dermatitis.
Moran GJ, Talan DA. CellulitisCommonly Misdiagnosed or Just Misunderstood?. JAMA. 2017;317(7):760-761. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15921