Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing Fasciitis

KEY POINTS

  • Necrotizing fasciitis may be misdiagnosed as cellulitis due to the benign appearance of cutaneous findings early in the clinical course.
  • Clues to the diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis are vital sign abnormalities, swelling, and severe pain out of proportion to cutaneous findings.
  • If you are suspicious for necrotizing fasciitis, have a low threshold to start broad-spectrum antibiotics and consult Surgery without delaying for advanced imaging, even if clinical score and plain films are unremarkable.

EMKF

The Emergency Medicine Kenya (EMK) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization registered in Kenya in 2015 that aims to ensure timely, accessible and quality lifesaving emergency care in Kenya.