May 28th, 2018

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Superimposed Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection of Vulvar Eczematous Dermatitis: A Case Report
Authors:  Erin Carey, M.D., Daniel Zedek, M.D., Jasmine Lewis, B.S., and Denniz Zolnoun, M.D., M.P.H.
BACKGROUND: Vulvar eczematous dermatitis predisposes patients to superimposed infections, which may result in late diagnosis and architectural destruction. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is on the rise in genitalia and lower extremities.

CASE: A 44-year-old woman presented with recurrent vulvar lesions and pain. A diagnosis of MRSA in the setting of eczema was achieved with concomitant use of photography and dermatopathologic review. Antibiotics were tailored to the resistant infection and preventative moisturization therapy was utilized.

CONCLUSION: Awareness of dermatologic conditions affecting the vulva is principal in routine gynecologic care. Barrier protection of eczematous vulvar skin may prevent superficial infections. The regular use of photographic documentation and dermatopathology may decrease time to diagnosis with infrequent or rare conditions.
Keywords:  dermatitis; dermatitis, eczematous; eczema; MRSA; methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus; vulva
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