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Flesh Eating Disease A Note On Necrotizing Fasciitis

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Description: Editorial Paediatrics and Child Health May/June 2001, Volume 6, Number 5 Flesh-eating disease: A note on necrotizing fasciitis H Dele Davies MD MSc, Child Health Research Unit, Alberta Children’s Hospital and Departments of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta There has been much media attention in the past few years to the condition dubbed ‘flesh-eating disease’, which refers, primarily, to a form of invasive group A beta hemolytic streptococcal (GABHS) infection that leads to fascia and muscle necrosis. In 1999, the Canadian Paediatric Society issued a statement on the state of knowledge and management of children, and close contacts of persons with all-invasive GABHS disease (1). The present note is intended to deal specifically with necrotizing fasciitis (NF) by providing an update on the limited current state of knowledge, diagnosis and management. Surveillance to establish actual national rates and epidemiology of NF through the Canadian Paediatric Society is proposed.

Type: Lecture/Presentation
Author/Contact: H Dele Davies MD MSc
Institution: University of Calgary
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Language: English

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