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DISEASE OF THE DAY:  Impetigo

Impetigo is a common superficial bacterial infection of the skin. It is highly contagious and is frequently seen in otherwise healthy children as well as occasionally in adults in poor health. Two forms exist, classically referred to as impetigo contagiosa and impetigo bullosa; they differ from each other simply by the size of the pustules. In the past, impetigo contagiosa was almost exclusively caused by a group A beta-heolytic streptococci and impetigo bullosa by Staphylococcus aureus, all cases of impetigo nowadays tend to be caused by the latter.

-Kumar, Abbas, Fausto. Pathologic Basis of Disease

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Dennis To

 

Dept of Pathology

Keck School of Medicine

University of Southern California

 

2011 Zonal Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90089

 

 

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Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

4670 Sunset Blvd. MS#103

Los Angeles, CA 90027

 

Smith Research Tower, Rm#911

 

(323) 361-8181

 

dto@usc.edu

 

 

 
   

 

 
 
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