Distinguishing cellulitis from its mimics

Emily C. Keller, Kenneth J. Tomecki, M. Chadi Alraies

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Abstract

Distinguishing true cellulitis from its many imitators is challenging but critical if we are to avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics and delays in treatment. Common imitators of cellulitis are stasis dermatitis, lipodermatosclerosis, contact dermatitis, lymphedema, eosinophilic cellulitis, and papular urticaria. Specific criteria do not exist for the diagnosis of cellulitis, but the alert physician can find clues in the history and physical examination that point toward cellulitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-552
Number of pages6
JournalCleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Volume79
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

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