Podcast # 391: Necrotizing Fasciitis - The Emergency Medical Minute

Author: Peter Bakes, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection of the deep soft tissues with destruction of the muscle fascia and overlying fat
  • Think of it if pain is out of proportion to your exam
  • Polymicrobial and Clostridium species typically cause condition in susceptible individuals (immunocompromised, diabetics, obese, penetrating injury)
  • Group A strep typically is less specific and can cause necrotizing infections in otherwise healthy individuals
  • Treatment is typically rapid surgical debridement in addition to broad spectrum antibiotics in addition to clindamycin



Breyre A, Frazee BW. Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in the Emergency Department. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2018 Nov;36(4):723-750. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2018.06.005. Review. PubMed PMID: 30297001.

Stevens DL, Bryant AE. Necrotizing Soft-Tissue Infections. N Engl J Med. 2017 Dec 7;377(23):2253-2265. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1600673. Review. PubMed PMID: 29211672.


Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4  | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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