When is plain radiography of the extremities indicated in the workup of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Plain radiographs of the extremities may be helpful when deep soft-tissue infection is suspected. These films can show evidence of soft-tissue gas formation; however, it is important to emphasize that necrotizing fasciitis is a clinical diagnosis (signaled, for example, by extreme pain, crepitus, bullae, hemorrhage, and foul-smelling exudates).


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