What is the role of biopsy and lumbar puncture in the workup of omphalitis?

Updated: May 20, 2019
  • Author: Patrick G Gallagher, MD; Chief Editor: Santina A Zanelli, MD  more...
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Analysis of biopsy specimens may reveal necrotizing fasciitis, which is an acute inflammatory infiltrate found in subcutaneous fat and connective tissue, or myonecrosis, which is an acute inflammatory process surrounding muscle bundles, many of which are no longer viable.

Lumbar puncture may be warranted in infants in whom sepsis is suspected.


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