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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 286-289

Necrotizing fasciitis: An unusual causative pathogen

Department of Surgery, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Yasser AlJehani
Department of Surgery, University of Dammam, Dammam
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.107899

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Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is not uncommon but in the era of therapeutic and prophylactic antimicrobial, it is considered to be a rare entity. The diagnosis requires a prerequisite high index of suspicion. Many classifications of such a entity do exist depending mainly on the causative agent. Others have classified it according to the immune-competent status or the anatomical location. The causative agent varies depending on the patients' risk factors. We report a case of a 28-year-old female who developed NF in the postcesarean section period. She was managed by surgical debridement, and made a full recovery. The recovered pathogen was Providencia stuartii. The patient made a full and uneventful recovery. Such a report will increase the awareness of the existence of nontypical sole agents. This would initiate empirical therapy in timely fashion.

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