What is the hallmark symptom of necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Olafsson et al indicate that the hallmark symptom of necrotizing fasciitis is intense pain and tenderness over the involved skin and underlying muscle. [49] The intensity of the pain often causes suspicion of a torn or ruptured muscle. This severe pain is frequently present before the patient develops fever, malaise, and myalgias.

In some cases, the symptoms may begin at a site distant from the initial traumatic insult. Pain may be out of proportion to physical findings. Over the next several hours to days, the local pain progresses to anesthesia.


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