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July 20, 1979

Cutaneous Rhizopus Infection: Occurrence as a Postoperative Complication Associated With an Elasticized Adhesive Dressing

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology (Dr Mead and Mr Dillavou) and Medicine (Drs Lupton and Odom), Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco.

JAMA. 1979;242(3):272-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300030044022

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)