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carbuncle

 [kahr´bung-k'l]
a necrotizing infection of skin and subcutaneous tissue composed of a cluster of boils (furuncles), usually due to Staphylococcus aureus, with multiple formed or incipient drainage sinuses. They are often a symptom of poor health. adj., adj carbunc´ular.

Like boils, carbuncles are caused by pus-forming bacteria. These organisms are often present on the skin but are unable to do any damage unless resistance is lowered by such conditions as irritating friction, cuts, poor health, nutritional deficiency, or diabetes mellitus.

Treatment includes administration of antibiotics and incision and drainage when necessary to remove exudate. Efforts are made to determine the cause of the carbuncles so that it can be eliminated.
malignant carbuncle anthrax.

car·bun·cle

(kar'bŭng-kil),
Deep-seated pyogenic infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, usually arising in several contiguous hair follicles, with formation of connecting sinuses.
[L. carbunculus, dim. of carbo, a live coal, a carbuncle]

carbuncle

/car·bun·cle/ (kahr´bung-k'l) a necrotizing infection of skin and subcutaneous tissues composed of a cluster of furuncles, usually due to Staphylococcus aureus, with multiple drainage sinuses.carbunc´ular
malignant carbuncle  anthrax.

carbuncle

(kär′bŭng′kəl)
n.
A painful localized bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue that usually has several openings through which pus is discharged.

car′bun′cled adj.
car·bun′cu·lar (-kyə-lər) adj.

carbuncle

[kär′bungkəl]
Etymology: L, carbunculus, little coal
a large site of staphylococcal infection containing purulent matter in deep, interconnecting subcutaneous pockets. Pus eventually discharges to the skin surface through openings. Common sites for carbuncles are the back of the neck and the buttocks. Treatment may include the use of antibiotics, hot compresses, and surgical drainage. Compare furuncle.
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Carbuncle

carbuncle

A focal folliculitis, which is most common in the neck and back and often caused by infection of Staphylococcus aureus, which spreads by direct contact.

Management
Hot compresses, drainage, antibiotics.

carbuncle

Dermatology A deep skin infection, often by staphylococci, involving several interconnected hair follicles Clinical A red nodular pus pocket, fever, malaise Management Hot wet compresses, drainage, antibiotics Prognosis Worse with immune compromise or underlying illness–eg AIDS, cancer, DM, pernicious anemia, dermatitis

car·bun·cle

(kahr'bŭng-kĕl)
Deep-seated pyogenic infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, usually arising in several contiguous hair follicles, with formation of connecting sinuses.
[L. carbunculus, dim. of carbo, a live coal, a carbuncle]

carbuncle

A multiple-headed boil. A severe STAPHYLOCOCCAL INFECTION of several adjacent hair follicles which may be over 5 cm across.

Carbuncle

A large, deep skin abscess formed by a group or cluster of boils.
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carbuncle

a deep-seated pyogenic infection of skin and local soft tissues

car·bun·cle

(kahr'bŭng-kĕl)
Deep-seated pyogenic infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues.
[L. carbunculus, dim. of carbo, a live coal, a carbuncle]

carbuncle

a focus of infection in the skin consisting of multiple abscesses and sinuses.
References in classic literature ?
He was one of those ill-fated mortals, such as the Indians told of, whom, in their early youth, the Great Carbuncle smote with a peculiar madness, and became the passionate dream of their existence.
Her name was Hannah and her husband's Matthew; two homely names, yet well enough adapted to the simple pair, who seemed strangely out of place among the whimsical fraternity whose wits had been set agog by the Great Carbuncle.
A third, being encamped on a hunting expedition full forty miles south of the White Mountains, awoke at midnight, and beheld the Great Carbuncle gleaming like a meteor, so that the shadows of the trees fell backward from it.
Methinks, now, it were not amiss that each of us declare what he proposes to do with the Great Carbuncle, provided he have the good hap to clutch it.
Mine is the sole purpose for which a wise man may desire the possession of the Great Carbuncle.
Nor need you hesitate, learned sir, on account of the necessary destruction of the gem; since the perusal of your folio may teach every mother's son of us to concoct a Great Carbuncle of his own.
Here have I quitted my regular traffic, leaving my warehouse in the care of my clerks, and putting my credit to great hazard, and, furthermore, have put myself in peril of death or captivity by the accursed heathen savages--and all this without daring to ask the prayers of the congregation, because the quest for the Great Carbuncle is deemed little better than a traffic with the Evil One.
Wherefore, I am minded to put the Great Carbuncle on shipboard, and voyage with it to England, France, Spain, Italy, or into Heathendom, if Providence should send me thither, and, in a word, dispose of the gem to the best bidder among the potentates of the earth, that he may place it among his crown jewels.
Thus, long ages after I am gone, the splendor of the Great Carbuncle will blaze around my name
ejaculated the Lord de Vere, rather to himself than his companions, the best of whom he held utterly unworthy of his intercourse --"to think that a fellow in a tattered cloak should talk of conveying the Great Carbuncle to a garret in Grub Street
Ye must know, friends, that Hannah and I, being wedded the last week, have taken up the search of the Great Carbuncle, because we shall need its light in the long winter evenings; and it will be such a pretty thing to show the neighbors when they visit us.
Holmes unlocked his strong-box and held up the blue carbuncle, which shone out like a star, with a cold, brilliant, many-pointed radiance.