Necrotizing Fasciitis

Jennifer T. Trent, MD, Robert S. Kirsner, MD


Wounds. 2002;14(8) 

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NF is a rare, rapidly progressive, soft-tissue infection characterized by extensive necrosis of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. In order to decrease the mortality rate of this life-threatening condition, rapid diagnosis, immediate surgical intervention, and broad-spectrum antibiotics are critical. However, other adjuvant therapies have been considered, such as hyperbaric oxygen and intravenous immunoglobulin.