Carbuncle in Adult
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) first emerged as an important nosocomial pathogen in the 1960s. In more recent years, community acquired outbreaks of MRSA have been described increasingly among prisoners, military recruits, athletes, intravenous (IV) drug users, and men who have sex with men. Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) has also been identified in otherwise healthy individuals lacking these risk factors. In a recent study of emergency room visits for purulent skin and soft tissue infections, MRSA was identified as the etiologic agent in the majority (59%) of cases. Furthermore, this study determined that 57% of patients with MRSA did not receive the appropriate initial antibiotic therapy.
L02.93 – Carbuncle, unspecified
416893007 – Carbuncle
- Dermatophyte infections such as tinea barbae, kerions, or Majocchi granuloma can mimic a carbuncle.
- Herpes simplex infection
- Actinomycosis typically occurs in the neck region.
- Atypical mycobacteria or sporotrichosis can occur as indurated pustular plaques.
- Ruptured epidermoid cyst
- Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp
- Acne keloidalis nuchae
- Hidradenitis suppurativa
- Pilonidal abscess