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  1. False. Although no direct causative effect has been established, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may depress neutrophil function.1 2

  2. False. Gas in the soft tissues on plain x ray is highly specific but not sensitive, reported in 57% of cases.3 4

  3. True. Initial presentation is typically non-specific erythema and swelling (a cellulitis), but with disproportionate pain.4

  4. True. Protein-synthesis inhibiting antibiotics such as clindamycin are indicated. …

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