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necrotizing fasciitis

noun

Definition of necrotizing fasciitis

  1. :  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



1967

First Known Use of necrotizing fasciitis

1967


Medical Dictionary

necrotizing fasciitis

noun

Medical Definition of necrotizing fasciitis

  1. :  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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