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Volume 2008, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • E-ISSN: 2227-0426

Abstract

Necrotizing fasciitis, a devastating progressive destructive infection of subcutaneous tissue and fascia, is a surgical emergency with a high mortality and morbidity. To analyze the location of necrotizing fasciitis, mode of presentation, microbiological characteristics, comorbid conditions, morbidty and mortality, records were reviewed retrospectively of all ninety-five patients admitted with necrotizing fasciitis to the surgical intensive care unit of Hamad General Hospital between January 1995 and February 2005. Fifteen patients died (15.1%). All patients had leucocytosis and fever on admission with a mean SOFA score varying from 8 to 10.3 according to the type of necrotizing fasciitis involved (Type 1 or 2) and the regions affected. All received aggressive fluid replacement therapy and all underwent debridement at least twice. The most common comorbid condition was Diabetes mellitus. Type 1 necrotizing fasciitis was common in gluteal, cervical and perineal regions; Type 2 was common in chest, axilla, leg and foot regions. Necrotizing fasciitis of the chest, axilla and gluteal regions had the highest mortality while necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and genitalia had the lowest mortality.

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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Axilla , Cervical , Chest , Diabetes Mellitus , Forearm , Gluteal and Necrotizing Fasciitis
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