What is the major cause of necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Sep 02, 2020
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Historically, group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus (GABS) has been identified as a major cause of this infection. This monomicrobial infection is usually associated with an underlying cause, such as diabetes, [33] atherosclerotic vascular disease, or venous insufficiency with edema. GABS usually affects the extremities; approximately two thirds of the GABS infections are located in the lower extremities. [34]


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