Definition of necrotizing fasciitis
: a severe soft tissue infection by bacteria (as Group A streptococci) that is marked by edema and necrosis of subcutaneous tissues with involvement of adjacent fascia and by painful red swollen skin over affected areas
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Medical Definition of necrotizing fasciitis
: a severe infection of soft tissue that is caused by bacteria (such as Group A streptococci or MRSA) and is marked by edema and necrosis of subcutaneous tissue with involvement of adjacent fascia and by painful red swollen skin over affected areas <On incision, clues such as fat necrosis … and thrombosis of subcutaneous veins … would suggest necrotizing fasciitis.—Michael R. Filbin et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 29 Jan. 2009> <If the infection occurred on the skin or underlying tissue as through a cut, necrotizing fasciitis could develop, literally eating away deep muscle and other soft tissue, eventually causing organ failure and death.—Shannon Tompkins, The Houston Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2009>—called also flesh-eating disease ◆Necrotizing fasciitis usually occurs as a complication of surgery, injury, or infection by extension from the initially affected site.
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