Necrotizing Facsiitis Essay

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Necrotizing Fasciitis Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection that attacks the soft tissue and the fascia. It is commonly known as the “flesh-eating bacteria”. The term flesh- eating bacteria is not really the word for the disease, as the bacteria does not actually eat the tissue. It also progresses very quickly, greater risk of developing in immunocompromised patients due to conditions such as diabetes and cancer. As the bacterial can be developed in many ways, after abdominal surgery, tiny scratch, C-section, simple cut, or rash, to even a simple blood draw. To get the bacteria it must be introduced into the body, by either direct contact with a person carrying the bacteria or because that person is carrying the bacteria…show more content…
The disease occurs more frequently in diabetics, alcoholics, and immunosuppressed patients. There are .40 cases per 100,000 that get necrotizing fasciitis in a population and only .08 cases in children per 100,000. The mortality also varies with age, 50 year olds have a mortality of about 37% and over 60 years of age a 62% mortality rate. “Statistics vary, and are not entirely accurate. A 1996 CDC Report estimates from 500 to 1500 cases per year of necrotizing fasciitis of which 20% die”. In 1998 The estimates were figures to be higher which were based on the cases reported. Microorganisms that are cultured from the wounds have two types that exist. Type 1 necrotizing fasciitis is a polymicrobial infection which consist of infection with aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Which consists of clostridium and bacteroides species, these work synergistically in the progression of necrotizing fasciitis. Type 2 necrotizing fasciitis consists of group A streptococcus and with or without a coexisting staphylococcal infection. The Type 2 also consists of staphylococcus aureus, clostridium perfringens, bacteroides fragilis, and aeromonas hydrophila. The microscopic level would include the laboratory of necrotizing fasciitis the bacteria that is seen with a microscope. “The micrograph of necrotizing fasciitis shows necrosis of the dense connective tissues and fascia interposed between fat lobules”. The gross anatomy is the structures visible to the naked eye, such as the

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