Devastating scalp infections

Am J Emerg Med. 1986 Mar;4(2):136-40. doi: 10.1016/0735-6757(86)90158-0.


The treatment of scalp wounds is occasionally complicated by infection. Although infected scalp wounds are generally limited and readily treated, they can progress to devastating proportions if not promptly and aggressively managed. This report highlights three such cases of severe infection: extensive subgaleal abscess, fatal necrotizing fasciitis, and widespread carbunculosis. The authors emphasize the need for proper assessment of scalp wounds, meticulous cleansing and closure of all fresh wounds, definitive drainage of newly infected wounds, and adherence to sound surgical principles in managing these wounds.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / surgery
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Bacterial Infections / surgery*
  • Carbuncle / surgery
  • Debridement
  • Fasciitis / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Necrosis
  • Scalp / injuries
  • Scalp Dermatoses / surgery*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / complications


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents