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World J Emerg Surg. 2007 Aug 7;2:19.

Necrotizing fasciitis: strategies for diagnosis and management.

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  • 1Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Departmentof Surgery, Trauma & Surgical Emergency Service, 34210 Capa, Istanbul, Turkey.


Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is uncommon and difficult to diagnose, and it cause progressive morbidity until the infectious process is diagnosed and treated medically and surgically. The literature addressed NF contains confusing information, inaccurate bacteriologic data, and antiquated antibiotic therapy. A delay in diagnosis is associated with a grave prognosis and increased mortality. The main goal of the clinician must be to establish the diagnosis and initially treat the patient within the standard of care. This review is planned as a guide for the clinician in making an early diagnosis of NF and initiating effective medical and surgical therapy.

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