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Soft Tissue Infections 

Soft Tissue Infections
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Soft Tissue Infections
Author(s):

Sumer N. Shikhare

, and Wilfred C. G. Peh

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190938178.003.0088
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date: 24 September 2021

Chapter 88 outlines the key radiologic features of soft tissue infections and the diagnostic value of the different imaging modalities such as conventional radiography, US, CT, and MRI. Soft tissue infections present in various forms that involve varying depths from skin to deeper tissues. Early diagnosis may be challenging because of nonspecific clinical presentations, resulting in delay in management. The advent of cross-sectional imaging has improved diagnostic capabilities dramatically, with US, CT, and particularly MRI being the pillars of evaluation. Prompt and appropriate imaging workup of the various MSK soft tissue infections aids early diagnosis and in demonstrating the extent of the disease process, as treatment delay significantly reduces the cure rate and increases the risk of complications.

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