Blood cultures in the evaluation of uncomplicated cellulitis

Published: 12 August 2016
Author(s): Sophie Bauer, Carole E. Aubert, Mischa Richli, Christian Chuard
Issue: August 2016

The frequency of bacteremia and the array of microorganisms involved in cellulitis vary greatly among studies. Although current guidelines do not recommend routine blood culture in uncomplicated cellulitis, their implementation in clinical practice remains challenging. We therefore aimed to assess the frequency, determinants and microbiology of bacteremia in hospitalized patients with uncomplicated cellulitis.