A 29-year-old woman in good health except for scoliosis suffered severe sequelae during the postoperative course for placement of a Harrington rod. A cutaneous Rhizopus infection in and about the incision site was attributed to the use of a contaminated elasticized adhesive (Elastoplast) dressing. The contamination was established as a nosocomial problem, which is extremely difficult to control. The extent of the infection, subsequent long recovery course, and remarkable sequelae make this case unusual.
(JAMA 242:272-274, 1979)
Mead JH, Lupton GP, Dillavou CL, Odom RB. Cutaneous Rhizopus Infection: Occurrence as a Postoperative Complication Associated With an Elasticized Adhesive Dressing. JAMA. 1979;242(3):272–274. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300030044022
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