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necrotizing fasiitis

Necrotizing fasiitis is a bacterial infection that attacks the soft tissue and fascia. The fascia is the layer of tissue that covers muscles. This infection most commonly affects the extremities and occurs after trauma, or surgery.  Group A strep infection (flesh eating bacteria), is most common with minor trauma that allows the bacteria to be introduced into the body.

Symptoms may include:
  • pain
  • red, hot, and swollen area
  • gangrene
  • high fever
  • rapid heart beat
  • altered mental status
Treatment may include:

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