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Necrotizing Fasciitis (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Necrotizing Fasciitis?

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 in the scientific literature range anywhere between 8.7%-76%. The mortality rate for untreated necrotizing fasciitis approaches nearly 100%.

Necrotizing Fasciitis Picture

Picture of necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease)
Picture of necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease)

REFERENCES:

Misiakos, E.P., G. Bagias, P. Patapis, et al. "Current Concepts in the Management of Necrotizing Fasciitis." Front Surgery 1 (2014): 36.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Necrotizing Fasciitis: A Rare Disease, Especially for the Healthy." June 15, 2016. <http://www.cdc.gov/features/necrotizingfasciitis/>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/26/2016
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