Accession Number:

ADA496650

Title:

Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR). Volume 12, Number 4, May/June 2006

Descriptive Note:

Monthly rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Competent immune function and intact skin are effective defenses against pathogenic microorganisms. However, breakdowns of the physical integrity of skin e.g., punctures, lacerations, abrasions, blisters, ulcers, stings are common among military members. Such breakdowns can allow infectious agents e.g., Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes to invade and proliferate in underlying tissues. Cellulitis and abscesses are the clinical expressions of such infections. Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue ICD-9-CM 680-709 was the only of 16 major diagnostic categories that accounted for more hospitalizations of military members in 2005 than 2003 and in 2005, more than 80 of all skin subcutaneous tissue-related hospitalizations of military members were attributable to cellulitis and abscess. It is not surprising, therefore, that the recent increase in skinsubcutaneous tissue-related hospitalizations overall was largely attributable to increases in cellulitisabscess- related hospitalizations. Of note, cellulitis and abscesses also accounted for more skin and subcutaneous tissue related ambulatory visits among service members than any other dermatologic condition and in the past two years, diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue had the second largest absolute and relative increases in ambulatory visits among all major diagnostic categories.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Microbiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE