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Minor skin surgery. Are prophylactic antibiotics ever needed for curettage?

Maurice PD, Parker S, Azadian BS, Cream JJ
DOI: 10.2340/0001555571267268


Curettage of skin lesions was not followed by bacteraemia in 22 patients. The risk of bacterial endocarditis after curettage and other minor skin surgery is small but should not be overlooked in those with a prosthetic heart valve, a history of other cardiac surgery, a previous episode of infective endocarditis, drug addiction, diabetes, alcoholism, immunosuppression, or renal failure--especially where the skin lesion might be infected.


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