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What is Necrotizing fasciitis?

What is Necrotizing fasciitis?

  • Necrotizing fasciitis: A severe, progressive skin infection which causes progressive destruction of skin and underlying tissue. It is caused by certain bacteria and has a high mortality rate.
  • Necrotizing fasciitis: A fulminating group A streptococcal infection beginning with severe or extensive cellulitis that spreads to involve the superficial and deep fascia, producing thrombosis of the subcutaneous vessels and gangrene of the underlying tissues. A cutaneous lesion usually serves as a portal of entry for the infection, but sometimes no such lesion is found. (Dorland, 28th ed)
    Source - Diseases Database

Necrotizing fasciitis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Necrotizing fasciitis, or a subtype of Necrotizing fasciitis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Necrotizing fasciitis: Introduction

Types of Necrotizing fasciitis:

Broader types of Necrotizing fasciitis:

How many people get Necrotizing fasciitis?

Incidence (annual) of Necrotizing fasciitis: 600 cases (DBMD)
Incidence Rate of Necrotizing fasciitis: approx 1 in 453,333 or 0.00% or 600 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Necrotizing fasciitis: 600 were necrotizing fasciitis (Source: excerpt from Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease General: DBMD)

How serious is Necrotizing fasciitis?

Complications of Necrotizing fasciitis: see complications of Necrotizing fasciitis

What causes Necrotizing fasciitis?

Causes of Necrotizing fasciitis: see causes of Necrotizing fasciitis
Risk factors for Necrotizing fasciitis: see risk factors for Necrotizing fasciitis

What are the symptoms of Necrotizing fasciitis?

Symptoms of Necrotizing fasciitis: see symptoms of Necrotizing fasciitis

Complications of Necrotizing fasciitis: see complications of Necrotizing fasciitis

Can anyone else get Necrotizing fasciitis?

More information: see contagiousness of Necrotizing fasciitis
Inheritance: see inheritance of Necrotizing fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Necrotizing fasciitis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Necrotizing fasciitis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Necrotizing fasciitis: Infectious Disease Specialist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Necrotizing fasciitis.
Treatments for Necrotizing fasciitis: see treatments for Necrotizing fasciitis
Alternative treatments for Necrotizing fasciitis: see alternative treatments for Necrotizing fasciitis
Research for Necrotizing fasciitis: see research for Necrotizing fasciitis

Organs Affected by Necrotizing fasciitis:

Organs and body systems related to Necrotizing fasciitis include:

Name and Aliases of Necrotizing fasciitis

Main name of condition: Necrotizing fasciitis

Class of Condition for Necrotizing fasciitis: bacterial

Other names or spellings for Necrotizing fasciitis:

flesh-eating bacteria, Flesh-eating bacterial infection

Fournier gangrene Source - Diseases Database

Flesh-eating bacteria
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Necrotizing fasciitis: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Necrotizing fasciitis:


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