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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 5 (1994), Issue 2, Pages 84-85
Brief Report

Diagnosis of Cellulitis in Patients Infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Ireneo Diaz, Suresh Neelagaru, and Lawrence Dall

Section of Infectious Diseases, Truman Medical Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Received 3 February 1993; Accepted 4 May 1993

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A prospective microbiological evaluation of cellulitis in 22 patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus was performed. Patients with helper lymphocyte counts of less than 200 cells/mm3 had a greater frequency of positive cultures. The most frequently isolated pathogens were Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes, and initial antibiotic therapy should cover these Gram-positive cocci.