A simple model to help distinguish Necrotizing fasciitis from nonnecrotizing soft tissue infection

@article{Wall2000ASM,
  title={A simple model to help distinguish Necrotizing fasciitis from nonnecrotizing soft tissue infection},
  author={Derek B Wall and Stanley R. Klein and Stephen Black and Christian M de Virgilio},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={2000},
  volume={191 3},
  pages={227-31}
}
BACKGROUND Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) has been associated with certain "hard" clinical signs (hypotension, crepitance, skin necrosis, bullae, and gas on x-ray), but these may not always be present. Using results of a previous study, we developed a simple model to serve as an adjunctive tool in diagnosing NF (admission WBC > 15.4 x 10(9)/L or serum sodium [Na] < 135 mmol/L) and determined its ability to distinguish between patients with NF and nonnecrotizing soft tissue infection (non-NF… CONTINUE READING

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