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Staphylococcus aureus skin colonization in infants with atopic dermatitis.
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PMID:  8884140     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Coagulase-positive Staphylococcus aureus colonizes eczematous lesions in 78-100% of children and adults with atopic dermatitis (AD), whereas it is found on skin of healthy subjects in only 2-25% of cases. On unaffected skin of subjects with AD the bacterium has been isolated in 51-100% of cases. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: This paper examines rate and density of S. aureus colonization, using the swab technique and the contact plate method, respectively, on affected and unaffected skin in 72 infants with AD (age 3-24 months) and in a control group, to determine if there are significant differences with respect to what is reported for children and adults with AD. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The main differences is that on unaffected skin of our infants with AD, bacterium colonization rate is significantly lower than on affected skin.
G Monti; P Tonetto; M Mostert; R Oggero
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatology (Basel, Switzerland)     Volume:  193     ISSN:  1018-8665     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatology (Basel)     Publication Date:  1996  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-24     Completed Date:  1997-02-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9203244     Medline TA:  Dermatology     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Istituto di Discipline Pediatriche, Regina Margherita Children's Hospital, University of Turin, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Bacteriological Techniques
Child, Preschool
Colony Count, Microbial
Dermatitis, Atopic / microbiology*
Eczema / microbiology
Skin / microbiology*
Staphylococcal Skin Infections
Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification*
Streptococcus agalactiae / isolation & purification

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