Lower limb cellulitis: low diagnostic accuracy and underdiagnosis of risk factors

K. Mistry, M. Sutherland, N. J. Levell

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Abstract

Accurate diagnosis and recognition of predisposing factors has been shown to be challenging in lower limb cellulitis. Assessment of 1746 consecutive cellulitis patients presenting to a UK university hospital showed increasing overdiagnosis with only 31.9% of referred patients with confirmed lower-limb cellulitis between 2015-2018. Recognition of at least one predisposing factor increased from 61% to 89% following introduction of more specific screening questions. This identified a need for better primary care dermatology education and the benefit of a proforma with specific screening questions for reversible predisposing factors for lower limb cellulitis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e193-e195
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume44
Issue number5
Early online date28 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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