Hospitals should consult dermatologists, expert advises

03/7/2012 | Dermatology Times

Cellulitis often looks like other conditions, such as cutaneous cancers and stasis dermatitis, and dermatologists are the best qualified to make a diagnosis, says Dr. Daniela Kroshinsky, an assistant professor of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dermatologists consulting with hospital emergency or internal medicine staff and with general practice physicians could prevent costly admissions or ineffective treatment, she says. "If community doctors had a list on hand of dermatologists who would participate in such a program -- not only for cellulitis, but also for other urgent dermatologic conditions that come up in the primary care setting -- it would be very beneficial for patients," she said.

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