Ramon Sandin, MD

Dr. Robert Anstett

920 King St. West


Secondary Streptococcus Infection in a Cancer Patient: A Hybrid Rash

May 01, 2008

Recognition of a simultaneous viral and bacterial skin infectioncan be challenging. In the case presented here, an immunocompromisedpatient presented with a painful rash on the arm,pustules and papules on the chest, and crusted lesions onthe nares. Culture and immunofluorescent staining revealedStreptococcus and varicella-zoster virus, respectively. Afterappropriate treatment, the rash completely resolved. [InfectMed. 2008;25:240-241]