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Case Study: Cellulitis
A 40-year-old woman with a long history of diabetes mellitis developed swelling and erythema of the left lower leg following superficial abrasion of the skin after a fall. The patient developed high fever and mild prostration. The cellulitis of the lower leg is shown in the upper image. Note that the acute inflammation is most evident as red areas of streaking at the sites of abrasion. Blood cultures were obtained that turned positive in 18 hours.
The lower image shows the Gram stain prepared from the positive blood culture. What is the most appropriate report?

More than one answer is correct. Please select all correct answers