Soft Tissue Infections in the Elderly

  • Margaret H. Lauerman
  • Sharon Henry


Elderly patients already face declining physiologic reserve and frequently have one or more comorbidities. They may face barriers to accessing medical care that result in delay in the diagnosis and treatment of their necrotizing soft tissue infection (NSTI). Sepsis, commonly seen with NSTI carries a higher mortality rate in elderly patients. Hospital complication and comorbidities also contirbute the overall higher mortality seen in the geriatric patient population. Even after discharge from the hospital, geriatric patients have more decline in social and physical functioning than younger patients. Recovery following amputation is a particular challenge for older patients and they may not regain their independence.


Necrotizing infection Necrotizing fasciitis Soft-tissue infection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Program in Trauma University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center R A Cowley Shock Trauma CenterBaltimoreUSA

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