Necrotizing Fasciitis

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a rare infection that means "decaying infection of the fascia," which is the soft tissue that is part of the connective tissue system that runs throughout the body. NF is caused by one or more bacteria that attacks the skin, the tissue just beneath the skin (subcutaneous tissue), and the fascia causing these tissues to die (necrosis). These infections can be sudden, vicious, and fast-spreading. If not treated quickly with antibiotics and/or debridement of the infected tissue, the patient may develop toxic shock syndrome or toxic shock-like syndrome, which may lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Supporting Organizations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Atlanta, GA 30333
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Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

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Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
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NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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World Health Organization (WHO)

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Last Updated:  5/20/2015
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