Soft tissue
Infections, inflammation and hematomas
Necrotizing fasciitis

Author: Komal Arora, M.D.

Revised: 28 January 2018, last major update July 2012

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PubMed Search: Necrotizing fasciitis [title] soft tissue

Cite this page: Arora, K. Necrotizing fasciitis. website. Accessed November 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Uncommon fulminant soft tissue infection characterized by extensive fascial necrosis
  • Usually due to group A streptococci, also community-acquired MRSA (Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2008;9:469)
  • May be due to Clostridium perfringens and cause gas gangrene (Cases J 2008;1:252)
Clinical features
Case reports
Clinical images

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Gas gangrene

Right shoulder

Left leg

Microscopic (histologic) images

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Infected tissue with gas-inclusion between the muscle fibers

Gram positive rods

Gluteal gas gangrene with necrotizing fasciitis

Gas gangrene

Necrotic muscle with gas bubbles but minimal inflammation

Leg lesion

Necrotizing fasciitis and panniculitis (pneumococci)

Pneumococcal sepsis

Septic thrombus

Associated vasculitis

Gram stain