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general concept
types of necrotizing fasciitis

clinical presentation

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skin examination:  early findings are less specific 
skin examination:  late findings are more specific
systemic manifestations
Fournier's gangrene

laboratory abnormalities

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⚠️ Necrotizing fasciitis is not a laboratory diagnosis.  Deranged labs should increase your index of suspicion, but patients can have early necrotizing fasciitis with mostly normal labs.

laboratory changes which may be seen include:
clostridial infections may cause a unique pattern of laboratory abnormalities:
LRINEC score for necrotizing fasciitis


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finding of gas within the skin 
abnormal fascia


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CT vs. MRI
contrast enhanced CT scan
plain radiography

bedside surgical exploration

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surgical exploration
how this works

sepsis resuscitation

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preferred regimen for empiric therapy of necrotizing fasciitis:

surgical debridement

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therapy for toxic shock syndrome

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extra oxygen

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theoretical rationale
hyperbaric oxygen therapy
providing a higher FiO2 level


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