, Volume 24, Issue 10, pp 1765-1767
Date: 07 Feb 2013

Necrotising fasciitis after hysterectomy and concomitant transvaginal mesh repair in a patient with pelvic organ prolapse

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Necrotising fasciitis is a severe form of soft tissue infection. Herein, we present an unreported complication of the transvaginal repair of a pelvic organ prolapse (POP) with trocar-guided polypropylene mesh and a concomitant hysterectomy. A 61-year-old Caucasian female who had been using an intrauterine device (IUD) for 30 years presented with a stage 3 pelvic organ prolapse. A genital ultrasound examination confirmed the presence of an IUD, but found no endometrial abnormalities. The surgical management was limited to a transvaginal hysterectomy and simultaneous anterior vaginal wall repair augmented with trocar-guided mesh. A morphological examination of the removed uterus confirmed the presence of the intrauterine device and additionally found endometrial cancer (T1N0M0), which was not revealed during the preoperative ultrasound. Within 6 days of the surgery, she developed anaerobic bilateral necrotising fasciitis on both thighs. Non-clostridial streptococci were identified in the wound. After 18 days of intensive care, the patient died of fatal coagulopathy.