Treatment Resistant Cellulitis Complicated by COVID-19: A Case Study

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2021

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Hall, Marshall
Lim, Henry
Surve, Sajid

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0000-0002-0641-4699 (Hall, Marshall)

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Cellulitis is a common dermatological condition that affects nearly 1 in every 20 individuals. This disease places a significant burden on both patients and the healthcare system. In this case report, we present a 70-year-old male who had a chief complaint of arm pain following a fall from ground level. The patient was diagnosed with cellulitis and placed on multiple empiric antibiotic treatments for several weeks without success in reducing symptoms. In conjunction with the patient's treatments, during the patient's stay, the patient developed acute dyspnea and tested positive for COVID-19 pneumonia. The patient was successfully treated for COVID-19 pneumonia and cellulitis through a combined effort of surgical and medical interventions. Recognizing treatment-resistant cellulitis and how COVID-19 may affect patient outcomes with dermatological conditions may help patients in the future when encountered with similar medical conditions.

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