Soft tissue

Infections, inflammation & hematoma

Necrotizing fasciitis



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PubMed Search: Necrotizing fasciitis [title] soft tissue

Komal Arora, M.D.
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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
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Treatment
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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

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