Raised serum lactate: a marker of necrotizing fasciitis?

@article{Murphy2013RaisedSL,
  title={Raised serum lactate: a marker of necrotizing fasciitis?},
  author={George Murphy and Daniel Benjamin Markeson and Robert Mark Choa and Anthony Q. Armstrong},
  journal={Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS},
  year={2013},
  volume={66 12},
  pages={1712-6}
}
BACKGROUND Distinguishing necrotizing fasciitis from non-necrotizing soft-tissue infections remains a difficult clinical judgement call, with a paucity of diagnostic aids to the clinician. The aim of this study was to assess raised serum lactate as a point-of-care test to aid in differentiating necrotizing from non-necrotizing soft tissue infections. METHODS The authors performed a post-hoc analysis of a prospectively compiled database. All patients referred to a single surgeon (A.P.A.) as… CONTINUE READING
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