PURPOSE: To report a case of necrotizing fasciitis after cosmetic blepharoplasty. METHOD: Case report. A 74-year-old woman with history of type II diabetes mellitus underwent bilateral upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Postoperatively she developed fever, grayish discoloration of the skin, violaceous bullae, and a right facial nerve palsy. Necrotizing fasciitis was diagnosed and treated with intravenous antibiotics, debridement of necrotic tissue, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. RESULTS: The infection resolved, but the patient required reconstruction for correction of cicatricial ectropion. CONCLUSION: Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially fatal infection that typically occurs in the setting of trauma. Early recognition of its pathognomonic signs and aggressive management are paramount. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Inc.
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