Do the risk factors for group A streptococcal (GAS) bacteremia vary by age?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The risk factors for GAS bacteremia vary with age. Among children younger than 2 years, risk factors include burns, varicella virus infection, malignant neoplasm, and immunosuppression. Among individuals aged 40-60 years, the risk factors for GAS bacteremia include burns, cuts, surgical incisions, childbirth, IV drug abuse, and nonpenetrating trauma. Predisposing factors for GAS bacteremia in elderly people include diabetes mellitus, peripheral vascular disease, malignancy, and corticosteroid use.


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