Which patient groups are at higher risk for necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Of patients with necrotizing fasciitis, 20-40% are diabetic. As many as 80% of Fournier gangrene cases occur in people with diabetes. In some series, as many as 35% of patients were alcoholics. However, approximately one half of the cases of streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis occur in young and previously healthy people.


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