Clinical microbiology review: Wound, skin, and soft tissue infections
- Stephen B Calderwood, MD
Stephen B Calderwood, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Infectious Diseases
- Section Editor — Bacterial Infections
- Professor of Medicine (Microbiology and Immunobiology)
- Harvard Medical School
This 22 year-old woman developed an abscess in a cervical lymph node following severe pharyngitis. What does the Gram stain of the fluid from this abscess show? Question: (picture 1). Answer: (picture 2A-C).
This swab was obtained from a 43 year-old female, who had an erythematous, draining abdominal wound (and underlying abdominal abscess) after surgery for a ruptured appendix. What does the Gram stain show ? Question: (picture 4). Answer: (picture 5).
A 38 year-old woman developed cellulitis several hours after being bitten by her cat. What does the Gram stain of the purulent drainage from the wound show? Question: (picture 8). Answer: (picture 9).