Pediatric cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus musculoskeletal infection at a U.S. children's hospital increased threefold, from 9% in 2001 to 29% in 2010, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting. In addition to having longer stays in the hospital and greater risk of multiple surgeries than children with methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus musculoskeletal infections, MRSA patients were more prone to complications including blood clots, septic shock, recurrent infection and cell death.

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