2 - 2.2. Class of organism Many bacteria, fungi, viruses...

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Unformatted text preview: 2.2. Class of organism Many bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites can cause skin and soft tissue infections. Infections caused by these different classes of organisms typically have very different appearances and clinical courses. This is thought to be due to a complex mixture of factors including replication capacity of the organism, production of adhesion factors and proteases as well as immunogenicity and aspects specific to the host response. It is beyond the scope of this lecture to provide a comprehensive list of the manifestations of each of the organisms that may cause skin infections. Charts listing some of the more common bacterial and fungal causes of skin infections are found at the end of the text. Viral and parasitic causes of skin and soft tissue infections will be discussed with th e individual organisms. 2.3. Depth of infection The skin consists of multiple different compartments. An avascular superficial layer, the epidermis performs the barrier functions of the skin and consists of a tough layer of protein and...
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2012 for the course BSC BSC1086 taught by Professor Joystewart during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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