, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 461-469
Date: 28 Jul 2011

Recent Advances in the Treatment of Necrotizing Fasciitis

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With four types of necrotizing fasciitis (NF) now recognized, the diagnosis and management of NF becomes more challenging as physicians face more unusual pathogenic and atypical presentations. With few published guidelines and little evidence base to justify therapies, much of the literature is pragmatic or provides limited evidence with small underpowered studies and disparate case reports.

This review summarizes the major issues in antimicrobial, surgical and adjunctive (sometimes “alternative”) treatment strategies with an update of the most recent publications.