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April 15, 1968

Pseudomonas Infections of the Foot Following Puncture Wounds

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics, Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, Calif, and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1968;204(3):262-264. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140160072024

Subacute infections of cartilaginous areas of the foot following puncture wounds in 11 children have persisted in spite of the administration of large doses of many different antibiotics. After an average of three weeks' delay, the failure of the treatment was explained by culture of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Following appropriate surgical care, the infection has apparently been eliminated in all cases, but most of the children have significant residual skeletal damage. Prior reference to this condition has not been found in the medical literature.