How does necrotizing cellulitis differ from necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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A variant synergistic necrotizing cellulitis is considered to be a form of necrotizing fasciitis, but some authorities feel that it is actually a nonclostridial myonecrosis. This condition begins in the same manner as necrotizing fasciitis, but it progresses rapidly to involve wide areas of deeper tissue and muscle at an earlier stage than might be expected. Severe systemic toxicity occurs.


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