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necrotizing fasciitis

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a rare acute streptococcal infection of the soft tissues occurring postoperatively with inadequate care of abscesses or ulcers

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necrotizing fasciitis in Medicine

necrotizing fasciitis n.
Tissue death such as that associated with group A streptococcus infection.

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Encyclopedia Article for necrotizing fasciitis

flesh-eating disease

rapidly spreading infection of the underlying skin and fat layers caused by a variety of pathogenic bacteria, principally Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as the group A streptococcus. Popularly known as the flesh-eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis is an uncommon condition, but it can lead to life-threatening illness and death, with mortality rates approaching 50 percent

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