Wound Infections

  • Gregory John FulchieroJr.
  • Elizabeth M. Billingsley


Wound infections are uncommon in dermatologic surgery with an overall reported incidence of 2%.1 By definition, surgical wound infections occur within 30 days of the time of the procedure and may involve the skin, subcutaneous fat, or the muscle above the fascia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has categorized skin and subcuticular surgical site infections as superficial, while those involving the muscle are categorized as deep surgical site infections.2 Most wound infections are thought to begin at the time of surgery whenever aseptic technique is broken, or bacteria are introduced into the wound due to inadequate preoperative cleansing or the use of contaminated instruments and suture material. However, infections may also be caused by patient-specific factors such as preoperative skin or nasal bacterial colonization and poor wound hygiene postoperatively.


Wound Infection Necrotizing Fasciitis Hidradenitis Suppurativa National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Infect Control Hosp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory John FulchieroJr.
    • 1
  • Elizabeth M. Billingsley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of TexasSouthwestern, DallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyPenn State University College of Medicine, Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA

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