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Necrotizing fasciitis in the pediatric age group: report of a case

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      Necrotizing fasciitis is a rapidly progressive invasive soft tissue infection that is rarely seen in the pediatric population. In the majority of cases described in the medical literature, there has been an identifiable initiating event such as instrumentation or other trauma to the skin. Because of the rapid progression of the infection, the key to a successful outcome is early recognition and rapid initiation of definitive surgical management. A case is presented in which necrotizing fasciitis was seen in a child with no precipitating skin trauma.

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