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Treatment[ edit ] Surgical debridement cutting away affected tissue is the mainstay of treatment for necrotizing fasciitis. Early medical treatment is often presumptive; thus, antibiotics should be started as soon as this condition is suspected.
Tissue cultures rather than wound swabs are taken to determine appropriate antibiotic coverage, and antibiotics may be changed in light of results. Besides blood pressure control and hydration, support should be initiated for those with unstable vital signs and low urine output.
Surgical incisions often extend beyond the areas of induration the hardened tissue to remove the damaged blood vessels that are responsible for the induration. However, cellulitic soft tissues are sometimes spared from debridement for later skin coverage of the wound.
More than one operation may be used to remove additional necrotic tissue. In some cases when an extremity is affected by a NSTI, amputation may be the surgical treatment of choice. After the wound debridement, adequate dressings should be applied to prevent exposure of bones, tendonsand cartilages so that such structures do not dry out and to promote wound healing.
Therefore, regular dressing changes with a fecal management system can help to keep the wound at the perineal area clean. Sometimes, colostomy may be necessary to divert the excretory products to keep the wound at the perineal area clean.
While human and animal studies have shown that high oxygen tension in tissues helps to reduce edema, stimulate fibroblast growth, and increase the killing ability of white blood cells, inhibit bacterial toxin release, and increase antibiotic efficacy,  no high-quality trials have been shown to support or refute the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in patients with NSTIs.
No clear difference between using IVIG and placebo has been shown in the treatment of NSTIs, and one study showed serious adverse effects with IVIG use, including acute kidney injury, allergic reactions, aseptic meningitis syndrome, haemolytic anaemia, thrombi, and transmissible agents.
One study assessed the efficacy of a new type of treatment that affects the immune response, called AB The study showed no difference in mortality with use of this therapy, but it is difficult to draw definitive conclusions due to low-quality evidence. Supportive therapy, often including intravenous hydration, wound care, anticoagulants to prevent thromboembolic events, pain control, et cetera should always be provided to patients when appropriate.
Epidemiology[ edit ] Necrotizing fasciitis affects about 0. This could be due to increasing awareness of this condition, leading to increased reporting, or bacterial virulence or increasing bacterial resistance against antibiotics.
However, the disease may also occur in young, healthy adults with no underlying illnesses. NSAIDs may increase the rates of necrotizing infections due to the modification of immune response in the body, because NSAIDs inhibit the cycloxygenase -1 and cycloxygenase-2 enzymes which are important in producing thromboxane and prostaglandin E2.
Prostaglandin has been responsible for fever, inflammation, and pain. The inhibition of prostangladin E2 production reduces inflammatory response and leukocyte adhesion, and thus reduces immune response against bacterial invasion, giving rise to soft-tissue infection.
Bones, flesh, and sinew cord, tendon, or nerve would fall off from the body and there were many deaths". The first English description for necrotizing soft-tissue infection was by British surgeon Leonard Gillespie and British physicians Gilbert Blaine and Thomas Trotter in the 18th century.
At that time, necrotizing soft-tissue infection was known as phagedaenic gnaw - biting or chewing which gradually make a hole or destroying it ulcer, phagedena gangrenous, gangrenous ulcer, malignant ulcer, putrid ulcer, or hospital gangrene.
Later, "hospital gangrene" became more commonly used. InDr Jean-Alfred Fournier described the necrotizing infection of the perineum and scrotum which termed as Fournier gangrene today.
The term "necrotizing fasciitis" was first coined by Wilson in Its definition has become broader, to include not only infection of fasciabut also other soft-tissue infection. Of five confirmed and one probable infection, two died. The cases were believed to be connected.
The first two had acquired the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria during surgery; the remaining four were community-acquired.
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