necrotizing fasciitis

noun

Definition of necrotizing fasciitis

: a severe soft tissue infection that is caused by bacteria (such as Group A streptococci or MRSA) and 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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Even with treatment, one in three patients die from necrotizing fasciitis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Justine Griffin, sun-sentinel.com, "Why is flesh-eating bacteria on the rise? Some point to climate change," 26 July 2019 Recovering from necrotizing fasciitis depends on how fast the infection is caught and treated by medical professionals. Justine Griffin, orlandosentinel.com, "Why is flesh-eating bacteria on the rise? Some point to climate change," 26 July 2019 For more on flesh-eating bacteria and how to prevent it, pick up a copy of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday What are the first signs of necrotizing fasciitis? Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Cases of Flesh-Eating Bacteria Are on the Rise as Summer Heats Up: Here's How to Stay Safe," 24 July 2019 Even with treatment, as many as one in three people with necrotizing fasciitis die from the infection. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Alabama man infected with flesh-eating bacteria in Tennessee River, family says," 16 July 2019 Doctors performed surgery to remove the infected tissue caused by necrotizing fasciitis, saving doctors from amputating her toe. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Central Florida woman contracts flesh-eating bacteria: report," 9 July 2019 It is believed to be the second case of necrotizing fasciitis at a Florida beach in just the past month. CBS News, "Florida woman's death from flesh-eating bacteria shines light on necrotizing fasciitis," 1 July 2019 Getting a chicken pox vaccination can also help because having chicken pox is one of the highest risks of getting necrotizing fasciitis group A strep, Belcher says. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Flesh-eating bacteria: What you need to know," 26 June 2019 In late June, a 12-year-old Indiana girl was hospitalized with necrotizing fasciitis that her parents suspect came after a visit to Florida, a a TV station in Indianapolis reported. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida man says he wasn’t in water but flesh-eating bacteria infected him anyway," 3 July 2019

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necrotizing fasciitis

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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

Note: Necrotizing fasciitis usually occurs as a complication of surgery, injury, or infection by extension from the initially affected site.

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