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Pathology of Carbuncle

Dr Sampurna Roy MD        





Carbuncles results from coalescing infections with Staphylococcus aureus around hair follicles and produce draining sinuses.

Carbuncles occur more often in men.

Most carbuncles are on the neck, but they also occur on the limbs, trunk, face, and scalp.  

Necrosis spreads deeply into the skin, and some patients develop bacteraemia, with a risk to life.

The infection is treated by applying antibiotics systemically and directly to the lesion and by incision.

Related posts: Staphylococcal Infection ;  Furuncle (Boil) ; Folliculitis ; Impetigo ; Toxic Shock Syndrome.


Further reading:

Excision of carbuncle with primary split thickness skin grafting as a new treatment modality.

[Facial furuncles and carbuncles incidence and morbidity].

Granulicatella adiacens--an unusual causative agent for carbuncle.

[Treatment of multiple carbuncles of the kidneys in military servicemen].

Panton-Valentine leukocidin-positive Staphylococcus aureus strains are associated with follicular skin infections.

[Fever, carbuncles and hollow bones--disease and medicine in Shakespeare's plays].






Dr Sampurna Roy  MD

Consultant  Histopathologist (Kolkata - India)






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