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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1994 Jun;30(6):981-4.

Cutaneous candidiasis as a cause of delayed surgical wound healing.

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Dermatology Service, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Reports in the literature of surgical wounds infected with Candida species are scant.

OBJECTIVE:

We describe a subset of patients with cutaneous candidiasis whose only clinical finding was delayed wound healing.

METHODS:

Surgical wounds managed with moist occlusive postoperative dressings were observed for delayed healing.

RESULTS:

Three patients are described who demonstrated delayed wound healing with failure to epithelialize. Fungal cultures from each patient revealed heavy growth of Candida. The problem resolved quickly with a modified wound care regimen and application of an antiyeast cream.

CONCLUSION:

Cutaneous candidiasis can be a cause of delayed wound healing, especially in surgical wounds treated with antibacterial ointments and occlusive dressings.

PMID:
8188892
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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