How are invasive burn wound infections diagnosed and treated?

Updated: Jan 10, 2018
  • Author: Robert L Sheridan, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Invasive burn wound infection

  • Diagnostic points - Infection occurs in unexcised burn and invades viable underlying tissue; diagnosis may be supported by results from histologic examination or quantitative culture

  • Treatment strategies - Systemic antibiotics directed against presumed pathogen; wound excision, with biologic closure when possible


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