November 1988

Influence of Underlying Disease Process on the Utility of Cellulitis Needle Aspirates

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Disease, University of Missouri—Kansas City. Dr Kielhofner is now with the Department of Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(11):2451-2452. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380110091019

† A prospective microbiological evaluation of 87 patients with acute cellulitis was performed. Adult patients with cellulitis with diabetes mellitus or malignant disorders had a greater frequency of positive cultures. Qualitative leukocyte disorders associated with these underlying disease states was hypothesized as a contributing factor to this higher yield.

(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:2451-2452)