Which specialist consultations are recommended for treatment of Pseudomonas infections?

Updated: Dec 17, 2018
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Consultation with an infectious disease specialist is suggested for complicated cases, such as persistent or resistant infections.

  • Consultation with an orthopedic surgeon may be needed for possible open biopsy or surgical intervention for patients whose infections involve the joint.

  • A podiatrist can assist in foot care by performing debridement and nail care.

  • A neurologist and neurosurgeon are needed for patients with neurological infections (eg, a brain abscess).

  • Consult an otolaryngologist for cases of malignant otitis media that may require surgery.

  • Consult an ophthalmologist for pseudomonal eye infections.

  • A cardiologist or cardiac surgeon often becomes involved in the care of patients with pseudomonal endocarditis (especially left-sided endocarditis).

  • Pulmonologists are often involved with patients who have CF. Pulmonologists may also be consulted for patients who require bronchoscopy.

  • Critical care specialists are often involved in the treatment of patients who require intensive care, such as those in septic shock or with severe burns.


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