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Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections Linked to Outpatient Liposuction — Physician’s First Watch

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July 14, 2014

Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections Linked to Outpatient Liposuction

By the NEJM Journal Watch Editors

An outbreak of invasive group A Streptococcus infection involved 13 medical spa clients undergoing liposuction and resulted in 1 death, according to a report in JAMA Internal Medicine. The outbreak "highlights the potential harm to individuals who undergo cosmetic procedures — even seemingly minor ones performed in an outpatient setting without any type of anesthesia," writes Larry Baddour in NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases.

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Christi Hill, RN, BA Other Healthcare Professional, Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Private Duty

This epidemic of infection would appear to be caused by improper sterilization of equipment OR utter malfeasance by the "operator."

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