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Colorectal Diseases

Peri-rectal infection

05/09/2008

Question:

I recently had surgy on what I was told to be a Peri-rectal Infection. I was hospitalized for one week while the insession was kept open with a gause packing. I am back at work and some people here are saying it is contagious. I think it is not contagious. Can you help me clear this up?

Answer:

It is not contagious unless you had Staph resistant to antibiotics, or another resistant organism. In any case, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after dressing changes.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati