Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Cellulitis?

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


November 30, 2015

Several physical examination findings may help the clinician identify the most likely pathogen and assess the severity of the infection, thereby facilitating appropriate treatment. Those findings include the following:

  • The involved site(s) is/are red, hot, swollen, and tender;

  • Unlike erysipelas, the borders are not elevated or sharply demarcated;

  • The involved site is the leg, which is the most common site

  • Regional lymphadenopathy is present; and

  • Malaise, chills, fever, and toxicity are present.

For more on the presentation of cellulitis, read here.


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