What are the possible complications of group A streptococcal (GAS) impetigo (impetigo contagiosa) (nonbullous impetigo)?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Deeper soft-tissue infections may occur following colonization of the skin with S pyogenes. A deeply ulcerated form of streptococcal impetigo, ecthyma, may complicate streptococcal impetigo. Ecthyma tends to be a more deep-seated and chronic form of streptococcal impetigo and is encountered mainly in the tropics.


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