Necrotizing fasciitis

Jennifer T. Trent, Robert S. Kirsner

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Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a rare, life-threatening infection resulting in necrosis of the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and fascia. Mortality rates have been noted as high as 73 percent. Certain conditions can predispose patients to NF, such as diabetes mellitus, immunosuppressive medications, and AIDS. Patients usually complain of excessive pain as well as constitutional symptoms. Cutaneous findings include diffuse redness and edema progressing to necrosis and hemorrhagic bullae. Because of this rapid progression, it is important to diagnose and treat NF quickly to decrease mortality. Treatment includes broad-spectrum antibiotic coverage, nutritional supplements, hemodynamic support, wound care, and prompt surgical debridement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-292
Number of pages9
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medical–Surgical


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