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Doctor insights on: Necrotizing Fasciitis Vs Gas Gangrene

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What is the clinical difference between necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene?

What is the clinical difference between necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene?

The bacteria: Gas gangrene is a bacteria that produces gas under the skin. The skin feels like in has bubbles under it. Necrtizing fascitis can be gas gangrene or some other bacteria that doesn't produce gas.

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between necrotizing facsiitis and gas gangrene?

Pretty much the same: "Gas gangrene" tends to refer to one specific bacteria (Clostridium perfringens) which may be part of many bacteria causing necrotizing fasciitis. Both are bad and require swift, extensive, and often disfiguring surgery to save people's lives.

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What the statistic for clostridium perfringens caused gas gangrene?

What the statistic for clostridium perfringens caused gas gangrene?

Serious: A clostridium infection can be serious and needs aggressive antibiotic treatment. Sometimes surgery to remove dead or infected tissues is needed, especially if the infection involves deeper tissues or structures.

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How do you get gas gangrene?

How do you get gas gangrene?

Serious infection: Gas gangrene occurs from certain types of invasive bacteria that either enter the skin through a wound, or less commonly intestinal organisms that could leak into tissues through a hole. These are rapidly serious invasive infections that do not occur very often. Can be more common in diabetes or other immune deficiency situations. Needs emergency aggressive antibiotic therapy and often surgery.

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Could you pick up gas gangrene through small cuts?

Could you pick up gas gangrene through small cuts?

Usually not: The area has to become de-oxygenated, and in a healthy person this usually means that there's some heavy-duty contamination both by particulate matter and by the microbes. The 'stepped on a manure-laden rusty nail' scenario can produce gas gangrene just as it can produce tetanus, the related clostridial disease.

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Please answer! what pathogen causes gas gangrene?

Please answer! what pathogen causes gas gangrene?

Clostridia: Usually c perfringens, less often c septicum or one of their unpleasant kindred.

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What number of people get ill/die per year due to gas gangrene?

Uncommon: In the US, gas gangrene is uncommon. It more often seen in war wounds and wounds occurring around farm animals. It can also occur in diabetics with poor circulation. The CDC has website and may have specific surveillance data on this. Google them.

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How many different people get ill/die per year due to gas gangrene?

US About a 1000/year: About 1000 cases a year in the us link: http://www.Spineplus.Com.Au/studynotes/geninf07.Htm mortality of gas gangrene is about 19% link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/6355502.

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What does our body do if necrotizing fasciitis?

What does our body do if necrotizing fasciitis?

Serious infection: This a very serious and rare condition of a rapidly invasive infection that causes sepsis and potential to lead to multiple organ failure. Needs emergency treatment with antibiotics and likely surgery.

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How common is it for somebody to get necrotizing fasciitis?

Fortunately rare: This is a very dangerous condition which must be treated asap and aggressively to remove (debride) all the dead and affected tissues. In genital are known as fournier's gangrene.

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What population is most susceptible to necrotizing fasciitis?

What population is most susceptible to necrotizing fasciitis?

See below: Most often necrotizing fasciitis occurs in those with lowered immunity and/or diabetes. Can occur very rarely in healthy people who have a traumatic wound in a very dirty environment with contaminated wound.

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Please help docs! where can necrotizing fasciitis be found?

Anywhere: Nec fasc can affect any area of the body. It is usually a rapidly spreading infection and is potentially life-threatening.

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Can "necrotizing fasciitis" infections cause endocarditis?

Can "necrotizing fasciitis" infections cause endocarditis?

Maybe: Any serious infection, sepsis, or even bacteria in the blood stream could result in endocarditis if the person is at risk for heart valve disease. Even something as minor as a dental infection could result in endocarditis in those at risk.

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What do you advise if I'm desperate for someone with infectious disease expertise on necrotizing fasciitis?

What do you advise if I'm desperate for someone with infectious disease expertise on necrotizing fasciitis?

Surgeon: Nec fasc is a surgical disease. It requires prompt, aggressive removal of infected tissue. Antibiotics are used, but alone are not enough to treat. Different bacteria can be involved. Most commonly it is bacteria found in the GI tract, less commonly strep and clostridia. They are all potentially life-threatening and make patients critically ill.

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