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Waldron, Carmel and Solon, Jacqueline Gemma and O'Gorman, Joanne and Humphreys, Hilary and Burke, John Patrick and McNamara, Deborah Ann (2015) Necrotizing fasciitis: the need for urgent surgical intervention and the impact of intravenous drug use. The Surgeon , 13 , (4) , pp. 194-199.

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a relatively rare infection of soft tissues. This study reviewed the epidemiology and pathophysiology of admissions to a tertiary referral hospital over a twelve year period comparing outcomes and findings with international norms and to identify potential areas of change to optimise outcomes.

Necrotizing fasciitis remains a significant life-threatening event. The diversity of causative pathogens emphasises the need for prompt microbiology/infectious diseases consultation. The increased occurrence within the IVDU cohort in this study highlights the need for a heightened level of clinical suspicion in these patients to prompt early surgical intervention.


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