Soft Tissue Infection

  • Jason Scott Radowsky
  • Debra L. Malone


Following the initial morbidity and mortality from dismounted blast injuries, secondary insults to the wounded individual may occur, including infectious complications. The nature of invasive pathogens found in these casualties appears fairly unique in the spectrum of infectious disease as are the atypical treatment algorithms deployed to battle them. Serious bacterial and fungal infections with microbes generally not seen in the general population abound. Heightened suspicion for infection, attempts at early diagnosis, and proactive use of multimodality therapies, including aggressive surgical debridement, may result in improved outcomes in these complex patients. Efforts to prevent soft tissue infections in blast wounds are important as well.


Soft tissue infection Necrosis Invasive fungal infection Acinetobacter Diagnosis Treatment Prevention 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Blanchfield Army Community HospitalFort CampbellUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryWalter Reed National Military Medical CenterBethesdaUSA

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