Risk factors associated with abscess formation in children 5 years of age and younger

Vaidehi Agrawal, Avery Wright, Brinda Mehta, Chunxiao Zhu, Erin Lindholm, Yong Woo Lee, Mohammad Ali Emran

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From 1997 to 2009, hospitalization rates have doubled for pediatric patients with soft tissue abscesses requiring incision and drainage. Despite this increasing national burden, few studies have been conducted to identify the risk factors associated with abscess formation. Our study evaluates a collection of physiological and lifestyle parameters that may serve as risk factors for abscess formation among pediatric patients 5 years of age or younger. Our results indicate family history and age 2 years and younger are associated with higher risk of abscess formation. Furthermore, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus were prevalent pathogens associated with abscess in our study group. Pediatricians may employ these novel parameters to educate parents and/or guardians of high-risk groups on preventing abscess formation to alleviate the burden of incision & dragining requiring abscess on health care costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-550
Number of pages8
JournalClinical pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 11 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • MRSA
  • abscess
  • diet
  • genetic
  • pediatric
  • socioeconomic status
  • soft tissue infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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