Adv Skin Wound Care 2017 May;30(5):209-212
Vincent Maida, MD, MSc, BSc, CCFP(PC), FCFP, ABHPM, is Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Care, University of Toronto; and Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University and Division of Palliative Medicine, William Osler Health System, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Joyce T. W. Cheung, MD, BSc, CCFP, is a Palliative Medicine Consultant, Division of Palliative Medicine, William Osler Health System, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
: Patients with erythematous skin are likely to receive a diagnosis of cellulitis; however, the accuracy of this diagnosis is approximately only 33%. The diagnosis of cellulitis should be made only after a thorough evaluation of all possible differential diagnoses. Cellulitis may be a primary process (superficial spreading infective process involving only the epidermis and dermis) versus a secondary (reactive) process incited by a subcutaneous process, such as an abscess, tenosynovitis, necrotizing fasciitis, and osteomyelitis. Read More