I. Zaraa
M. Zribi
S. Trojjet
D. El Euch
A. Mebazaa
R. Cheikhrouhou
M. Mokni
C. Fendri
A. Ben Osman


Introduction: Staphylococcus skin infections (SSI) are common. The emergence methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a growing concern.
The aim of our study was to describe the epidemiological, clinical and bacteriological features of SSI in a hospital department.
Patients and methods: This was a prospective study performed in the Dermatology and Bacteriology department of the La Rabta Hospital during a period of three months (February- April 2008). Were included all cases presenting with a primary SSI. For each  patient wee collected epidemiological, clinical, bacteriological and
therapeutic features.
Results: Twenty-five patients were included in the study concerning 15 men and 10 women, with a mean age of 47 years. Clinical exam revealed a unique lesion in 52 % of cases. The abscess was the predominant clinical form (40 %). The bacteriological study isolated a Staphylococcus aureus in the lesion in 40 % of cases and in the other sites of staphylococcus portage in 24 % of cases. 32 % of patients had MRSA.
Conclusion: Dermatologists are increasingly faced with cutaneous infections caused by MRSA. Bacterial samples should be taken routinely and probabilistic antibiotic therapy for MRSA instituted in severe infections.


Skin infection, Staphylococcus aureus



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