Necrotizing Fasciitis Epidemiology

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Necrotizing Fasciitis Epidemiology Necrotizing Fasciitis is rare but its incidence increases with age. Both sexes are equally affected and incidence is higher in at risk populations. The incidence in the UK is estimated to be around 400-500 cases each year. Without treatment mortality rates may be as high as 80%. Diagnosis The diagnosis of Necrotising Fasciitis is often made clinically when a patient appears very unwell, experiences a disproportionate amount pain and the skin around the laceration appears inflamed and blistered. In its early stages it can be very difficult to diagnose and if often initially misdiagnosed as Cellulitis. If diagnosis is questionable swabs may be sent to the laboratory for MC&S but it is imperative that treatment be commenced before the results are returned. The extent of infection may only be uncovered during surgical debridement. Treatment Patients diagnosed with Necrotizing Fasciitis need urgent skilled treatment to increase the chances of a good outcome. Treatment typically includes antibiotic therapy, supportive therapy and surgical
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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