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Necrotizing Fasciitis

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NORD is very grateful to Babak Sarani, MD, FACS, FCCM. Associate Professor of Surgery; Director, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, George Washington University, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Necrotizing Fasciitis

  • flesh-eating bacteria
  • flesh-eating disease
  • streptococcal gangrene
  • suppurative fasciitis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a rare infection that means "decaying infection of the fascia," which is the soft tissue that is part of the connective tissue system that runs throughout the body. NF is caused by one or more bacteria that attacks the skin, the tissue just beneath the skin (subcutaneous tissue), and the fascia causing these tissues to die (necrosis). These infections can be sudden, vicious, and fast-spreading. If not treated quickly with antibiotics and/or debridement of the infected tissue, the patient may develop toxic shock syndrome or toxic shock-like syndrome, which may lead to multiple organ failure and death.

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