Necrotizing soft tissue infection Academic Article uri icon


  • The dramatic course of necrotizing soft tissue infection represents a medical emergency, since it is limb-and life-threatening. Most necrotizing soft tissue infections are caused by mixed aerobic and anaerobic Gram-negative and Gram-positive organisms. Most case have been reported in immuno-compromised hosts after penetrating trauma or surgery. We describe a unique series of cases of necrotizing soft tissue infection. The mainstay of treatment is early and daily debridement of devitalized tissue and broad-spectrum antibiotics. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy should be considered.

publication date

  • January 1, 1998