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Sexually transmitted infections 

Sexually transmitted infections
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Sexually transmitted infections
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10.1093/med/9780198729228.003.0032
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date: 19 November 2019

The skin consists of the superficial epidermis and the deeper dermis, and forms an important barrier as part of the body’s innate resistance to infection. Soft tissues, consisting of adipose tissue, fascia, and muscle, lie beneath the skin. Infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissues are common in childhood. This chapter highlights the most important and most frequently seen skin and soft tissue infections in paediatric practice. Particular emphasis is placed on bacterial infections, with causative organisms, clinical features, investigations, and treatment described. Clinical syndromes, such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis, are also explored. Infections caused by viruses, fungi, and parasites are briefly reviewed.

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