A 40-year-old member asked:
do many necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) victims live after the infection?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Bryan McIntosh answered
18 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: Necrotizing fasciitis is extremely serious and amazingly rapidly progressive. It can dramatically change within a couple of hours, so diagnosis and immediate treatment is essential to survival. With appropriate action, many affected individuals survive.
Answered on Mar 12, 2019
Dr. Otto Placik answered
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes if treated promp: Yes if treated promptly.
Answered on Sep 6, 2012
Dr. Barry Handler answered
31 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: I've treated a couple dozen people with necrotizing fasciitis over the years and only one or two died. It matters how quickly the diagnosis is made and how aggressive treatment is given. They can and usually do get very sick before they get better.
Answered on Sep 7, 2012
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