Medical Term:

necrotizing fasciitis

 

Definition: a rare soft-tissue infection primarily involving the superficial fascia and resulting in extensive undermining of surrounding tissues; progress is often fulminant and may involve all soft-tissue components, including the skin; usually occurs postoperatively, after minor trauma, or after inadequate care of abscesses or cutaneous ulcers.

See Also: group A streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis

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