Soft Tissue Infections

  • Addison K. May


Skin and soft tissue infections are a common cause of hospitalization, disability, and antibiotic therapy. Infections commonly managed by surgeons and intensivists include complicated cellulitis and abscesses, severe necrotizing soft tissue infections, and surgical site infections. This chapter will describe the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and therapeutic approach to each. Particular attention is given to necrotizing soft tissue infections and the differentiation of necrotizing infections from non-necrotizing infections, as this is a critical requirement for optimal outcome.


Skin and soft tissue infection Necrotizing soft tissue infection Necrotizing fasciitis Necrotizing cellulitis Myositis Myonecrosis 


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  1. 1.Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Department of SurgeryVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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