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J Burn Care Rehabil. 1992 Nov-Dec;13(6):639-41.

Diagnosis of local infection of a burn by semiquantitative culture of the eschar surface.

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Preventive Medicine Department, Autonomous University, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether semiquantitative surface cultures of the burn eschar are as reliable or useful as the classic invasive biopsy culture method. We used eschars from patients with burns in an in vitro system. Lyophilized pigskin was used to validate our methodology. Because of its simplicity and high degree of sensitivity and specificity as compared with quantitative biopsy culture, semiquantitative surface culture has a place in burn wound surveillance.

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