Necrotizing Fasciitis

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Georgia, Atlanta, USA.
Internal Medicine (Impact Factor: 0.9). 01/2010; 49(12):1051-7. DOI: 10.2169/internalmedicine.49.2964
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Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a necrotizing soft tissue infection that can cause rapid local tissue destruction, necrosis and life-threatening severe sepsis. Predisposing conditions for NF include diabetes, malignancy, alcohol abuse, and chronic liver and kidney diseases. NF is classified into two categories (types 1 and 2) based on causative microorganisms. The initial clinical picture of NF mimics that of cellulitis or erysipelas, including fever, pain, tenderness, swelling and erythema. The cardinal manifestations of NF are severe pain at onset out of proportion to local findings, hemorrhagic bullae and/or vital sign abnormality. In such cases, NF should be strongly suspected and immediate surgical intervention should be considered, along with broad-spectrum antimicrobials and general supportive measures, regardless of the findings of imaging tests.

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    • "Although there is no age or gender predilection, higher rates of NF are seen in obese, diabetic, and immunocompromised patients, as well as in alcoholics and patients with peripheral vascular disease. However, NF can also occur in young, otherwise healthy patients with none of these predisposing factors [1] [3] [5]. We report a case of necrotizing fasciitis after primary suture repair for an anoperineal injury by motorcycle accident with a favorable clinical outcome in a healthy adult. "
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    ABSTRACT: A 41-year-old man experienced a swollen scrotum three days after a motorcycle accident and presented to our hospital. He had had a primary suture repair for anoperineal trauma in an outside hospital at the time of the injury. He presented to us with general fatigue, low grade fevers, and perineal pain. Abdominal computed tomography showed subcutaneous emphysema from the scrotum to the left chest. The sutured wound had foul-smelling discharge and white exudate. We made the diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis and immediately opened the sutured wound and performed initial debridement and lavage with copious irrigation. We continued antibiotics and lavage of the wound until the infection was controlled. Fortunately, the necrotizing fasciitis did not worsen and he was discharged after 15 days. Our experience indicates that anoperineal injuries should not be closed without careful and intensive follow-up due to the potential of developing necrotizing fasciitis.
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    • "Annals of Medicine and Surgery of areal, painless gangrene [6]. The NF is categorized into polymicrobial (type 1) and monomicrobial (type 2) infections [7]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is an inflammatory disease of the soft tissue, which causes local tissue destruction and can lead to lethal septic shock. The therapy consists of early surgical treatment of the septic focus and an accompanying broad spectrum antibiotic therapy. Recent literature considers the additional use of immunoglobulin therapy in severe soft skin and tissue infections. In this report, we describe the case of a 33-year-old male patient treated at a university hospital intensive care unit because of an NF of his left leg. The patient rapidly developed a complicated septic disease after a minor superficial trauma. Despite intense microbiological diagnosis, no causative pathogens were identified. After non-responding to established broad anti-infective treatment, the patient received intravenous immunoglobulin, that rapidly improved his clinical condition. NF represents a disease processes, which is characterized by fulminant, widespread necrosis of soft tissue, systemic toxicity, and high mortality (>30%). Beside the surgical debridement and broad spectrum antibiotic therapy IVIg therapy might be an additional option in the treatment of NF. But the current literature supporting the use of IVIG in NF is largely based on retrospective or case-controlled studies, and only small randomized trials. The demonstrated case suggests that IVIg treatment of patients with NF can be considered in case of hemodynamic unstable, critically ill patients. Although randomized controlled trials are missing, some patients might benefit from diminishing hyperinflammation by immunoglobins.
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    • "The incidence of NSTIs in the United States of America is estimated to be around 500–1500 cases per year [3]. The mortality rates have been reported to be around 25%, although it is higher in some studies [4]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Necrotizing soft tissue infections (NSTIs) are fulminant infections of any layer of the soft tissue compartment associated with widespread necrosis and systemic toxicity. Delay in diagnosing and treating these infections increases the risk of mortality. Early and aggressive surgical debridement with support for the failing organs significantly improves the survival. Although there are different forms of NSTIs like Fournier's gangrene or clostridial myonecrosis, the most important fact is that they share common pathophysiology and principles of treatment. The current paper summarizes the pathophysiology, clinical features, the diagnostic workup required and the treatment principles to manage these cases.
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