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Ecthyma - Skin in Adult
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Ecthyma - Skin in Adult

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Contributors: Noah Craft MD, PhD, Lindy P. Fox MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH, Michael D. Tharp MD
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Synopsis

Ecthyma is an ulcerative bacterial skin infection caused by group A beta-hemolytic streptococci and often secondarily associated with staphylococci. As ecthyma often begins superficially and extends into the dermis, it is often referred to as a deeper form of impetigo. Clinically, the lesions of ecthyma appear as vesicles or pustules that ulcerate and crust over. The lower extremities are sites of predilection. Immunosuppression, poor hygiene, overcrowding, malnutrition, humidity, and pre-existing trauma to the tissues all predispose one to infection. It is more common in the extremes of age.

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ICD10CM:
B08.8 – Other specified viral infections characterized by skin and mucous membrane lesions

SNOMEDCT:
85791004 – Ecthyma

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Last Updated: 08/02/2017
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Ecthyma : Buttocks, Crust, Skin ulcer, Lower legs, Eschars, Thighs
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A close-up of a large eroded, ulcerated, and crusted plaque.
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