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Critical Situations
December 2005

Elimination of a Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection in a Nurse With Atopic Dermatitis

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Copyright 2005 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2005

Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(12):1520-1522. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.12.1520

A 21-year-old female nurse who worked in an inpatient cardiology department presented with a 6-month history of continuously recurring skin abscesses and soft tissue infections. Her medical history revealed atopic diathesis with rhinoconjunctivitis and chronic eczema. The atopic eczema and the recurrent abscesses had not been medically treated. A differential blood cell count and immunoelectrophoresis did not show any hematologic or immunologic deficiencies. Reportedly, her former boyfriend also had suffered from recurring abscesses some months earlier. He has not received any special medical treatment either, to our knowledge.

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