European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 294–297

Cellulitis Complicating Lymphoedema

  • P. C. Y. Woo
  • P. N. L. Lum
  • S. S. Y. Wong
  • V. C. C. Cheng
  • K. Y. Yuen
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DOI: 10.1007/s100960050478

Cite this article as:
Woo, P., Lum, P., Wong, S. et al. EJCMID (2000) 19: 294. doi:10.1007/s100960050478

Abstract

 In ten hospitalised patients with cellulitis complicating lymphoedema encountered over a 3-year period (1996–1998), the underlying diseases were carcinoma of the cervix (n=4), uterus (n=1), vagina (n=1), breast (n=2) and nasopharynx (n=1), and retroperitoneal squamous cell carcinoma (n=1). Three of the ten patients had positive blood cultures, compared to none of the 20 age-matched, sex-matched controls hospitalised for cellulitis without lymphoedema. The mean duration of fever, tachycardia and cellulitis was significantly longer in patients with lymphoedema than in those without (P<0.05, P<0.05, and P<0.005 respectively). Early treatment initiated by patients themselves may help stop bacterial replication in the initial stages and minimise further damage to the lymphatic system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. C. Y. Woo
    • 1
  • P. N. L. Lum
    • 1
  • S. S. Y. Wong
    • 1
  • V. C. C. Cheng
    • 1
  • K. Y. Yuen
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong, University Pathology Building, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong e-mail: microgen@hkucc.hku.hkCN