What is the role of fluid aspiration in the workup of necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most fluid collections in the tissue, especially in the musculoskeletal system, can be localized and aspirated under ultrasonographic guidance. Whether fluid is infected cannot be determined on the basis of its ultrasonographic characteristics; however, laboratory analysis of the aspirated fluid can help in identifying the pathogen. [55]


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