Necrotizing fasciitis

A rare, serious infection of tissues beneath the skin by a type of streptococcal bacterium. Necrotizing fasciitis is most likely to occur as a complication following surgery. The initial symptoms are inflammation and blistering of the skin. The infection spreads very rapidly, and the bacteria release enzymes and toxins that can cause extensive destruction of deeper tissues and damage internal organs. Urgent treatment with antibiotic drugs and removal of all infected tissue are essential. The infection is life-threatening.


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