What is characteristic of type I necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In type I necrotizing fasciitis, anaerobic and facultative bacteria work synergistically to cause what may initially be mistaken for a simple wound cellulitis. A variant of type I necrotizing fasciitis is saltwater necrotizing fasciitis in which an apparently minor skin wound is contaminated with saltwater containing a Vibrio species.


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