Risk factors for recurrent lower extremity cellulitis in a U.S. Veterans Medical Center population

Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, Garnet S. Peter, Orlando W Gomez-Marin, Alan L. Bisno

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite the frequency of recurrent acute cellulitis of the lower extremities, factors associated with this infection have not been previously assessed in a case-control study among patients admitted to U.S. hospitals. METHODS: We compared the clinical characteristics of 47 patients with those of 94 age- and sex-matched control subjects admitted to the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center. RESULTS: In a multivariate analysis, two physical factors, lower extremity edema and body mass index, one behavioral factor, smoking, and one demographic factor, homelessness, were significantly and independently associated with recurrent cellulitis. The latter two factors have not previously been reported to be independently associated with cellulitis. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that increased emphasis on weight loss, smoking cessation, and improved foot hygiene in the homeless might decrease recurrences of lower extremity cellulitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-307
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume332
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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Cellulitis
Veterans
Lower Extremity
Population
Homeless Persons
Smoking Cessation
Hygiene
Case-Control Studies
Foot
Weight Loss
Edema
Body Mass Index
Multivariate Analysis
Smoking
Demography
Recurrence
Infection

Keywords

  • Case-control studies
  • Cellulitis
  • Risk-factors
  • Streptococcus

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Risk factors for recurrent lower extremity cellulitis in a U.S. Veterans Medical Center population. / Doblecki-Lewis, Susanne; Peter, Garnet S.; Gomez-Marin, Orlando W; Bisno, Alan L.

In: American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Vol. 332, No. 6, 01.12.2006, p. 304-307.

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Doblecki-Lewis, Susanne ; Peter, Garnet S. ; Gomez-Marin, Orlando W ; Bisno, Alan L. / Risk factors for recurrent lower extremity cellulitis in a U.S. Veterans Medical Center population. In: American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 2006 ; Vol. 332, No. 6. pp. 304-307.
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