Cellulitis incidence in a population based cohort.
Robbins-E; Ellis Simonsen-S; Hatch-B; Jones-S; Lyon-J; Gren-L; Hegmann-K
Am J Epidemiol 2004 Jun; 159(11)(Suppl):S45
Cellulitis is a rapidly spreading infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues that can cause shock. organ failure, and death if untreated. Though a common medical problem, there are no population-based estimates of its incidence. We estimated the incidence of cutaneous cellulitis using the medical claims database for the 62,000 employees of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called Monnons or LDS) for the years 1997 to 2002. Using ICD-9 codes 681 to 682.99, which include cutaneous cellulitis (but excludes pelvic, orbital, larynx/pharynx, and oral cellulitis), we identified 9641 new cases of cellulitis among a population of 62,000 individuals, yielding a crude incidence of 259.2 cases per 10,000 person-years. Additional incidence rates will be presented for age, sex, region. and by season of the year. The proportion of cellulitis patients who require hospitalization will be calculated, and other risk factors in the claims database evaluated to determine if there is a risk profile that is predictive of hospitalization or recurrence of infection.
Skin-infections; Skin-diseases; Tissue-disorders; Information-retrieval-systems; Disease-incidence; Demographic-characteristics; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Epidemiology
American Journal of Epidemiology
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah