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Early infection

Early infections generally occur less than 2 weeks after surgery.

Clinical signs

Early infections generally occur less than 2 weeks after surgery. Their clinical signs are

  • increasing local pain
  • lymph node swelling
  • redness
  • swelling
  • wound seepage
  • disturbed wound healing
  • fever

Typically, infecting organisms are highly virulent (S. aureus, gram-negative bacilli). Clostridial infections (gas gangrene, or tetanus) are important early infections: as anaerobic organisms, they proliferate in any dead tissue remaining in the wound.