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June 1961

Sensitivity of Coagulase-Positive Staphylococci: Study in Various Forms of Pyoderma

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Venereology (Dr. F. Sagher, Director), Hadassah-University Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(6):995-1001. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580120107027

Introduction  Numerous papers have been published about antibiotic-resistant staphylococci, particularly those resistant to penicillin. Most of these publications deal either with hospitalized patients or with healthy staphylococcal carriers. As knowledge about the sensitivity to antibiotics of coagulase-positive staphylococci in patients suffering from pyoderma is scanty1-5 this work was undertaken.The aim was to study the difference in sensitivity to antibiotics of coagulase-positive staphylococci cultured from pyodermatic lesions in the outpatient department with regard to the following factors:

  1. Clinical type of pyoderma, e.g., impetigo, furuncle, infected trauma

  2. Contact with hospital before visiting the outpatient department

    • Patient hospitalized during previous 12 months

    • Other member of family hospitalized during previous 12 months

    • No member of family so hospitalized

In addition the sensitivity of the coagulase-positive staphylococci cultured in 2 parallel periods in 1958 and 1959 was compared.Since many patients did not know which medicines they had previously received, the connection between sensitivity of

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