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Nasal septal abscess and facial cellulitis caused by community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

  • L-H Cheng (a1) and B-H Kang (a1)

Abstract

Objective:

Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is emerging as an important pathogen. However, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus rarely causes nasal septal abscess.

Case report:

We present a case of severe, community-acquired, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection causing rapidly progressing sinusitis, nasal septal abscess and facial cellulitis.

Conclusion:

This report serves to remind the clinician of the expanding spectrum of severe infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, all requiring prompt diagnosis and appropriate medical and/or surgical management.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Bor-Hwang Kang, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, 325 Cheng-Kung Road Section 2, Taipei 114, Taiwan, Republic of China. Fax:+886 2 8792 7193 E-mail: bhk@mail.ndmctsgh.edu.tw

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Nasal septal abscess and facial cellulitis caused by community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

  • L-H Cheng (a1) and B-H Kang (a1)

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