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cellulitis

Friday 11 March 2005

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Definition : Inflammation of adipose tissue.

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection involving the inner layers of the skin. It specifically affects the dermis and subcutaneous fat.

Signs and symptoms include an area of redness which increases in size over a few days. The borders of the area of redness are generally not sharp and the skin may be swollen.

See also:

- hypodermitis
- abcess / abcesses
- acute inflammation

References

- Swartz MN. Cellulitis. N Engl J Med. 2004 Feb 26;350(9):904-12. PMID: 14985488

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