† 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)
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