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Arch Gynecol Obstet. 1995;256(1):35-8.

Necrotizing fasciitis following postpartum tubal ligation. A case report and review of the literature.

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  • 1University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 78284-7836, USA.


Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare, but devastating subcutaneous bacterial infection which occurs following breaks in skin integrity, either natural, post traumatic or post surgical. Although it has been described following many surgical procedures, necrotizing fasciitis has not been previously described following postpartum tubal ligation. Necrotizing fasciitis was diagnosed four days after an uncomplicated postpartum tubal ligation via an infraumbilical incision. Rapid surgical debridement with broad spectrum antibiotic coverage provided successful therapy. Postpartum tubal ligation is one of the most common surgical procedures in obstetrics and gynecology, thus reports of complications resulting from this procedure are quite relevant to clinical practice. We present here the first reported case of necrotizing fasciitis following postpartum tubal ligation through an infraumbilical incision.

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