Recurrent skin and soft tissue infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus requiring operative debridement

Pranavi Sreeramoju, Nabilla S. Porbandarwalla, Jorge Arango, Kerry Latham, Daniel L. Dent, Ronald M. Stewart, Jan E. Patterson

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Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to examine clinical factors associated with the recurrence of community-onset skin and soft tissue infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Methods: An observational case-comparison study based on a retrospective review of medical records was conducted in a public health system. All patients with community-onset skin and soft tissue infections caused by methicillin-resistant S aureus who underwent operative debridement from January 1999 to December 2003 were included. The outcome of interest was recurrence within 1 year. Results: Two hundred fifty-three patients met the criteria for inclusion. Fifty-three (21%) patients returned with recurrent episodes. These patients were compared with 200 patients (79%) who did not develop recurrence. On multivariate analysis, factors independently predictive of recurrence were medical history of abscess requiring surgical debridement within the previous year (adjusted odds ratio, 2.6; 95% confidence interval, 1.45.0; P = .002) and obesity (adjusted odds ratio, 3.4; 95% confidence interval, 1.48.8; P = .008). Conclusions: Patients with obesity or histories of methicillin-resistant S aureus infection are at significantly increased risk for recurrent soft tissue infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-220
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Volume201
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

Keywords

  • Abscess
  • Epidemiology
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Recurrence
  • Risk factors
  • Staphylococcal infections
  • Staphylococcal skin infections
  • Staphylococcus aureus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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