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April 1995

Tropical Pyomyositis Presenting in the Upper Extremity

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery and Division of Plastic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass.

Arch Surg. 1995;130(4):446-447. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1995.01430040108025

Tropical pyomyositis is a staphylococcal infection, usually of a single large muscle, most commonly seen in young men in tropical regions. The following presents a case of tropical pyomyositis in a 62-year-old man that affected all four extremities, including the muscles of the forearms. Computed tomography was a useful guide for directing surgical explorations. To decrease the degree of disability from the multiple operative sites, we successfully used limited longitudinal incisions and conservative débridements.

(Arch Surg. 1995;130:446-447)

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