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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus as the Most Common Cause of Perineal Abscesses

Lareau, Susan M. MD*; Meyn, Leslie MS†; Beigi, Richard H. MD, MSc*

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181e53813
Original Articles

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is increasingly recognized as an important pathogen in female reproductive health. Vulvar abscesses are also an increasingly common condition seen in the gynecologic field. This investigation demonstrates that MRSA is the most common cause of vulvar abscesses at a large urban women's hospital. No demographic factors were demonstrated to be sufficiently predictive of the presence of MRSA. Given these findings, empiric treatment with antimicrobials providing MRSA coverage seems warranted in cases where antimicrobial therapy is indicated.

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From the *Division of Reproductive Infectious Diseases, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Women's Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; and †Magee-Women's Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.

Reprints: Richard H. Beigi, MD, MSc, Division of Reproductive Infectious Diseases, Department of OB/GYN/RS, Magee-Women's Hospital, 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. E-mail:

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

This work was supported by departmental funding.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.