Journal article

Staphylococcal pyomyositis in a temperate region: epidemiology and modern management

Andrew A Block, Catherine Marshall, Alison Ratcliffe, Eugene Athan

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe all cases of staphylococcal pyomyositis in the Geelong region of Victoria over 110 months, to estimate the incidence of this disease, and to describe the clinical outcomes and identify any predisposing factors. DESIGN, PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: A prospective case series identified by clinical features (local pain and fever) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings (hyperintense signal on T2-weighted scan), among patients presenting to Geelong Hospital, Victoria between 1 April 1998 and 1 June 2007. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Estimation of incidence, clinical course and identification of predisposing factors. RESULTS: We estimate an annual incidence of 0.5 cases per 1..

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