Necrotizing Fasciitis in Infancy: Report of Three Cases and Review of the Literature

G. N. Goldberg, R. C. Hansen, P. J. Lynch

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Abstract: Necrotizing fasciitis exists on a continuum of soft tissue infections between ceUuiitis and myonecrosis. It has been uncommonly reported in infancy (1–10). The diagnosis depends on recognition of the characteristic rapidly progressive clinical course and demonstration of fUll‐thickness skin necrosis with involvement of the fascial planes overlying the muscle. The organisms most often recovered are beta‐hemolytic Streptococcus or Staphylococcus aureus, but other aerobic and anaerobic organisms in single or mixed infection have heen reported (1, 2, 11, 12). This infection has a significant mortality rate, necessitating early, aggressive, specific medical and surgical treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1984


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