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Acinetobacter infection

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Infection caused by Acinetobacter, a gram negative organism


Opportunistic infection from an organism which is often a part of the normal flora in the axilla and groin; increased sweating resulting in higher carriage levels; skin involvement usually colonization rather than infection

Clinical manifestation

No physical findings in colonized patients; skin pustules, cellulitis with clinical infection

Differential diagnosis

Other gram negative infections; ecthyma; staphyloccal cellulitis


No therapy for colonization; treatment of active infection dependent on sensitivities of the organism in the individual patient

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(2004). Acinetobacter infection. In: Levine, N., Levine, C.C. (eds) Dermatology Therapy. A to Z Essentials. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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