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July 1975

Needle Aspiration in the Diagnosis of Soft Tissue Infections

Author Affiliations

From the Veterans Administration Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(7):959-961. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330070081013

Diagnosis of soft tissue infections is often delayed or made incorrectly because of reliance on indirect means to determine the etiologic agent. A rapid, specific method is the needle aspiration of these lesions combined with Gram-stain and culture studies. More frequent use of this direct method should facilitate diagnosis and improve treatment. Seven case studies are present to illustrate the usefulness of this technique.