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Necrotizing Fasciitis Vs Gas Gangrene
What is the difference between gas gangrene and necrotizing fascitis except for the organism..? How will we clinicaly differentiate them?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anywhere: Nec fasc can affect any area of the body. It is usually a rapidly spreading infection and is potentially life-threatening.
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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