Devastating scalp infections

Mark S. Granick, William Conklin, Sai Ramasastry, Thomas S. Talamo

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The treatment of scalp wounds is occasionally complicated by infection. Although infected scalp wounds are generally limited and readily treated, they can progress to devastating proportions if not promptly and aggressively managed. This report highlights three such cases of severe infection: extensive subgaleal abscess, fatal necrotizing fasciitis, and widespread carbunculosis. The authors emphasize the need for proper assessment of scalp wounds, meticulous cleansing and closure of all fresh wounds, definitive drainage of newly infected wounds, and adherence to sound surgical principles in managing these wounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-140
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine


  • Carbuncle
  • necrotizing fasciitis
  • scalp infection(s)
  • scalp wound(s)
  • subgaleal abscess

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