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J Pediatr. 1997 Sep;131(3):459-62.

Necrotizing fasciitis after Plastibell circumcision.

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Division of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital and Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle 98105-0371, USA.


Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life-threatening infection of subcutaneous tissues and Scarpa's fascia that rarely affects neonates. We report the occurrence of this devastating infection in two neonates after routine Plastibell circumcision. These case reports highlight the presentation and management of this complication after a relatively routine and frequently performed operation. This report also emphasizes the differences between cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis and suggests strategies for management.

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