Otolaryngologic community-acquired MRSA infections in a suburban private practice

September 30, 2010
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Abstract

A retrospective review was conducted of all cases of head and neck community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections seen in the senior author's suburban private practice during a 12-month period. An office and hospital chart review was performed for all patients identified with culture-positive CA-MRSA infections. Several parameters were evaluated, including site of infection, prior therapy, imaging, comorbid disease, culture and sensitivities, surgical and medical management, and long-term results. Of the 10 patients identified, 3 had infections of nasal soft tissues, 3 had infections of the lips, 2 had infections of the paranasal sinus, 1 had an infection of the chin, and 1 had a diffuse, hemifacial infection. All patients were managed successfully with a combination of surgical drainage, wound care, and antibiotics. CA-MRSA is a burgeoning problem in otolaryngology. Appropriate management-including early recognition, appropriate empirical therapy, prompt and thorough surgical drainage with culture and sensitivities, correct antibiotic choice, and meticulous postoperative care-appears to offer excellent results.

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