Use of Antibiotics in Dermatologic Surgery

June 2006 | Volume 5 | Issue 8 | Original Article | 780 | Copyright © June 2006

Perry Robins MD, Sherry Hsiung MD

Abstract
When skin integrity is disrupted during a surgical procedure, its protective barrier becomes compromised and predisposes the individual to cutaneous infection. Postoperative infection remains a considerable cause of morbidity and mortality. This article briefly reviews the etiology and management of postoperative infections following dermatologic surgery.