Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Soft Tissue Infection Evaluation

The evaluation of skin infections begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with a skin infection may include:

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of a skin infection.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a skin infection include:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Soft Tissue Infection References
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