What test should be performed when erysipelas or cellulitis is suspected in patients with group A streptococcal (GAS) infections?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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At times, reddish streaks of lymphangeitis may project out from the margins of the lesion. Systemic toxicity is common. For both erysipelas and cellulitis, cultures obtained by leading edge needle aspirate of the inflamed area are warranted.


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