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Fungal Necrotizing Fasciitis of Craniofacial Region: A Diagnostic Challenge


Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare rapidly progressive, devastating surgical emergency that results in necrosis of superficial fascia, and subcutaneous tissue. It most commonly affects the abdominal wall, extremities and perineum, while the involvement in the head and neck region is relatively rare. Here, we report a successfully treated case of necrotizing fasciitis of the craniofacial region caused by Mucor in an uncontrolled diabetic patient. Early diagnosis, early surgical intervention with radical excision of infected tissue, management of underlying predisposing medical condition and supportive therapy (antimicrobials, rehydration, proper rest and nutrition) can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with this condition.

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Kumar, A., Rattan, V., Rai, S. et al. Fungal Necrotizing Fasciitis of Craniofacial Region: A Diagnostic Challenge. J. Maxillofac. Oral Surg. 20, 589–593 (2021).

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