When is surgical evaluation and management necessary in treating necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Emergent surgical evaluation and management is the first-line treatment in necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene in the presence of the following [2] :

  • Violaceous bullae

  • Skin sloughing

  • Rapid progression

  • Gas in the tissue (crepitus or seen radiographically)


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