Which imaging studies are suggested for cellulitis?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Imaging studies

  • Ultrasonography may play a role in the detection of occult abscess and direction of care [5]

  • Ultrasonographic-guided aspiration of pus can shorten hospital stay and fever duration in children with cellulitis [6]

  • If necrotizing fasciitis is a concern, CT imaging is typically used in stable patients; MRI can be performed, [7] but MRI typically takes much longer than CT scanning

  • Strong clinical suspicion of necrotizing fasciitis should prompt surgical consultation without delay for imaging

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