Necrotising soft tissue infection following mastectomy


Necrotising fasciitis is a rare but rapidly progressive soft tissue disease which can lead to extensive necrosis, systemic sepsis and death. Including this case, only 7 other cases have been reported in the world literature with only 2 others affecting the patient post mastectomy. This 59 year old Caucasian lady presented with severe soft tissue infection soon after mastectomy, which was successfully treated with a combination of debridement, triangulation, VAC© dressing and skin grafting. Necrotising soft tissue infections following mastectomy are rapidly progressive and potentially extremely serious. It is essential that a high index of clinical suspicion is maintained together with prompt aggressive treatment in a multidisciplinary environment to prevent worsening physical and psychological sequelae.

DOI: 10.1093/jscr/2010.1.4

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@inproceedings{Subramanian2010NecrotisingST, title={Necrotising soft tissue infection following mastectomy}, author={Anuradha Subramanian and Gillian Monica Thomas and Anneliese M Lawn and Phoebe Jackson and G T Layer}, booktitle={Journal of surgical case reports}, year={2010} }