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Erysipelas: Clinical and Statistical Data

S. Pavlov


The aim of this retrospective statistical study was to analyse the clinical manifestation and laboratory evidence of erysipelas in consequently hospitalized patients in the Clinic of Dermatology and Venereology, Prof. Paraskev Stoyanov Medical University of Varna, for a two-year period (2002-2003). The study included a total of 78 patients with erysipelas (27 males, §1 females) aged between 30 and 82 years (mean age 58,28 ±19,89years). The diagnosis of erysipelas was based on generally accepted clinical and laboratory criteria. The prevalence of erysipelas was 10,3% of all hospitalized patients during this period. The disease predominated in females: male: female ratio was 1:2,65. The morbidity was higher in hot seasons - spring and summer and the lower limb was affected more often - in 63 patients (80,8%). The count of mild and severe forms was almost equal, and local complications were found in 17 patients (21,8%). Recurrent erysipelas affected more commonly females. All the patients with primary and recurrent erysipelas were treated with parenteral antibiotics. Benzathine penicillin G prophylaxis was performed in 33 patients (42%).


Erysipelas; Erysipelas - Clinical Manifestations; Erysipelas - Laboratory Diagnosis; Erysipelas - Treatment

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S. Pavlov


S. Pavlov, Clin. of Dermatology and Venereology, Dept. of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Prof. P. Stoyanov Medical University of Varna, 55 Marin Drinov St, BG-9002



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