How is necrotizing fasciitis characterized?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Necrotizing fasciitis is characterized by widespread necrosis of the subcutaneous tissue and the fascia. It was once considered an uncommon clinical entity. In the 1990s, the media popularized the idea that this infection was caused by "flesh-eating bacteria." Although the pathogenesis of necrotizing fasciitis is still open to speculation, the rapid and destructive clinical course of necrotizing fasciitis is thought to be due to multibacterial symbiosis and synergy. [14]


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