Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2000 Dec;33(12):991-994.

Idiopathic Necrotizing Fasciitis in the Chest Wall: A case report

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  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic surgery, Taegu -Fatima Hospital, Korea.

Abstract

Necrotizing fasciitis, an uncommon, often fulminant bacterial infection, rarely originates in the chest wall. Although it can occur in any region of the body, the abdominal wall, perineum, and extremities are the most common sites of infection. It is characterized by wide spread fascial necrosis with relative sparing of skin and underlying muscle. Diagnosis is often extremely difficult and relies on a high index of suspicion. Prompt surgical intervention is essential. We experienced a patient with idiopathic necrotizing fasciitis in the chest wall and reported with brief review of literature.

Keyword

Chest wall; Infection; Necrosis
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