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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2012, Article ID 672397, 3 pages
Case Report

Posttraumatic Fat Necrosis Presented as Cellulitis of the Leg

1Department of Pediatrics, The Barzilai Medical Center, 2 Hahistadrut Street, Ashkelon 78278, Israel
2Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
3Department of Medical Imaging, The Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon 78278, Israel

Received 19 June 2012; Accepted 26 August 2012

Academic Editors: N.-C. Chiu and C. F. Classen

Copyright © 2012 Einat Haikin Herzberger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cellulitis, a diffuse inflammation of connective tissue with severe inflammation of dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin, is a common lesion in children, usually responsive to systemic antibiotic therapy. However, an unusual course of healing or some nontypical features should call the treating physician to consider and investigate for other diagnoses that might prevent unnecessary treatment and alleviate parental stress. We present a case of posttraumatic fat necrosis, demonstrating some pitfalls in the process of diagnosis.