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Rev Hosp Clin Fac Med Sao Paulo. 1998 Jan-Feb;53(1):34-8.

[Necrotizing fasciitis. Case report and review of literature].

[Article in Portuguese]

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  • 1Unidade de Terapia Intensiva do Instituto de Infectologia Emílio Ribas, São Paulo.


Necrotizing fasciits (NF) is a rapidly progressive disease characterized by extensive necrosis of the fascia, skin, and subcutaneous tissue, with characteristical sparing of the underlying muscle. It is considered to be a rare entity and is associated with a high mortality rate since early recognition and treatment are not provided. Extensive surgical debridement of all necrotic tissues and appropriate antimicrobial treatment are the cornerstones for a successful treatment. We present a case of NF in a 36-year-old man and discuss it's pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and the best therapeutic choice for this potential life threatening disease.

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