Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections: A Surgical Disease

Brandt, Mary-Margaret; Corpron, Cynthia A.; Wahl, Wendy L.
October 2000
American Surgeon;Oct2000, Vol. 66 Issue 10, p967
Academic Journal
Despite advances in antibiotics and infection control practices necrotizing fasciitis is still a potentially lethal disease. We reviewed 37 patients with necrotizing fasciitis to identify prognostic factors indicating outcome. Overall mortality was 24 per cent. Mortality was significantly increased for elderly patients. Solid-organ transplant recipients also represented a subset of patients with increased mortality. Most infections were polymicrobial. There was no Clostridium perfringens cultured. Rapid diagnosis and treatment with surgical debridement remains the cornerstone of therapy. INSET: DISCUSSION.


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