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Glossary for Necrotizing fasciitis

  • Amputation: Loss of a limb or extremity from trauma or accident.
  • Bacterial diseases: Diseases caused by a bacterial infection
  • Blisters: Blistering of the skin.
  • Cellulitis: Inflammation of skin or subcutaneous tissues.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Erysipelas: A severe streptococcal bacterial infection where infection spreads from the skin to tissue underneath. The face and extremities are the usual sites affected.
  • Fournier Gangrene: A necrotizing bacterial infection of the skin on the genitals and perineum. The condition progresses rapidly and immediate medical attention is vital to prevent the bacteria entering the blood steam and resulting in death. It is usually the male genitals that are affected. The risk of the condition is increased by surgery, extreme obesity, diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, leukemia and immune system disorders.
  • Gas gangrene: A condition characterized by death of tissue usually followed by bacterial invasion and putrefaction
  • Group A Streptococcal Infections: "Strep" bacteria responsible for strep throat, impetigo and some other strep conditions.
  • Invasive group A Streptococcal disease: Infection with Group A Streptococcal bacteria
  • Lymphangitis: Inflammation of the lymphatic channels caused by an infectious agent.
  • Purple skin: Purple or blue-purple coloring of the skin.
  • Red skin: The occurrence of red skin
  • Skin conditions: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Skin pain: Pain affecting the skin.
  • Skin symptoms: Symptoms affecting the skin.
  • Swollen skin: It is caused by build up of fluid in the interstial tissues


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