What is the role of broad-spectrum beta-lactam drugs 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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Broad-spectrum beta-lactam drugs such as imipenem cover aerobes, including Pseudomonas species. Ampicillin sulbactam also has broad-spectrum coverage, but it does not cover Pseudomonas species; however, necrotizing fasciitis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa is unusual. [95]


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