Necrotizing Fasciitis

  • M. Poeze
  • J. W. M. Greve
  • G. Ramsay
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1996)


The first author to describe necrotizing fasciitis as an acute hemolytic streptococcal gangrenous infection and the synergistic combination of anaerobic streptococci and staphylococci, was Meleney in 1924 [1]. Soft tissue infections, however, have been known and treated since the ancient times of Hippocrates. Furthermore, it was clearly clinically defined during the American civil war as hospital gangrene [2]. A classic variant of a necrotizing infection soft tissue was described by Fournier in 1884, as a necrotizing infection of the perineum [3]. Later Wilson has introduced the terminology necrotizing fasciitis, because fascial necrosis was the most frequently occurring pathological sign [4].


Soft Tissue Infection Hyperbaric Oxygen Necrotizing Fasciitis Toxic Shock Syndrome Polymicrobial Infection 
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  • M. Poeze
  • J. W. M. Greve
  • G. Ramsay

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