What are the signs and symptoms of an infected wound?

Updated: Apr 24, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Zubin J Panthaki, MD, CM, FACS, FRCSC  more...
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Foul-smelling drainage, a spontaneously bleeding wound bed, flimsy friable tissue, increased levels of wound exudate, increasing pain, surrounding cellulitis, crepitus, necrosis, fasciitis, and regional lymphadenopathy characterize the infected wound. Fever, chills, malaise, leukocytosis, and an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate are common systemic manifestations of wound infection.

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