Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Carbuncle Evaluation

The evaluation of a carbuncle begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a carbuncle may include:

A carbuncle seldom requires testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate carbuncle include:
  • Culture of the wound drainage:
    • May be needed to identify the bacteria causing the infection.

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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