Necrotizing fasciitis is sometimes referred to as a "flesh-eating" infection and is the result of a bacterial infection that may develop after surgery, or after minor trauma such as a cut, scrape, burn, or insect bite.
It is an uncommon, but serious condition that requires immediate medical intervention.
- Several different bacterial species can cause necrotizing fasciitis:
- Symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis include (but are not limited to):
- rapid onset of severe pain and swelling,
- and redness at the site of the injury.
Symptoms can be less significant in early stages of the disease but rapidly progress.
- Necrotizing fasciitis is reported in half of patients with streptococcal toxic shock-like syndrome, or STSS. This illness is characterized by the presence of multiple symptoms:
- fever or hypothermia and shock,
- hypotension and multi-organ failure.
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For Health Professionals
All cases of Group A Streptococcus that result in necrotizing fasciitis are reportable to the Minnesota Department of Health.