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Necrotizing Fasciitis (cont.)

Necrotizing Fasciitis Prognosis

The prognosis for patients with necrotizing fasciitis depends on many factors, including patient age, underlying medical problems, the causative organism(s), extent and location of infection, as well as the time course of diagnosis and initiation of treatment. Early diagnosis and aggressive surgical and medical treatment are the most important factors in determining outcome.

Necrotizing fasciitis is a life- and limb-threatening condition that carries a poor prognosis if left untreated or undertreated. Complications and potential results may include limb loss, scarring, disfigurement, and disability, with many patients going on to develop sepsis, multisystem organ failure, and death. Combined morbidity and mortality rates have been reported to be between 70%-80%. Mortality rates may range anywhere between 6%-76%.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2015
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