necrotizing fasciitis

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necrotizing fasciitis

n.
Severe, rapidly progressing infection of subcutaneous tissues by streptococci and other bacteria, marked by tissue necrosis and by pain, swelling, and heat in the affected area, usually following an injury or a surgical procedure.
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Of 843 patients whose wound cultures grew MRSA over a 15-month period in 2003-2004, 14 had necrotizing fasciitis, necrotizing myositis, or both (N.