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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
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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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

carbuncle

A multiple-headed boil. A severe STAPHYLOCOCCAL INFECTION of several adjacent hair follicles which may be over 5 cm across.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Carbuncle

A large, deep skin abscess formed by a group or cluster of boils.
Mentioned in: Boils
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012