Retrospective evaluation of laboratory-based diagnostic tools for cervical necrotizing fasciitis.

@article{Thomas2012RetrospectiveEO,
  title={Retrospective evaluation of laboratory-based diagnostic tools for cervical necrotizing fasciitis.},
  author={Andrew J Thomas and Tanya K. Meyer},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
  year={2012},
  volume={122 12},
  pages={2683-7}
}
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Cervical necrotizing fasciitis (CNF) is challenging to diagnose and associated with high morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study is to evaluate the utility of two laboratory-based diagnostic tools for distinguishing necrotizing from non-necrotizing infection when specifically applied to neck infection. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective review. METHODS We reviewed 17 consecutive cases of CNF and 70 cases of non-necrotizing neck infection (cellulitis, phlegmon… CONTINUE READING
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