How much tissue should initially be excised in the treatment of necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Controversy exists regarding how much tissue should be initially excised because the skin may often appear normal. Andreasen et al examined the normal-appearing tissues microscopically and reported that the tissues had extensive early vascular thrombosis as well as vasculitis. [28] Their findings indicate that these tissues, though they have a normal appearance, have a high potential for full-thickness loss.


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