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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-21

Microbiological Features of Necrotizing fasciitis

Dept. of Microbiology, L.T.M Medical College, Sion, Mumbai, India

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DE Anuradha
Dept. of Microbiology, L.T.M Medical College, Sion, Mumbai
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ABSTRACT: The microbiological features of 46 patients with necrotizing fasciitis are presented. Aerobic bacteria alone were recovered in 17(36.9 percent) specimens and anaerobic bacteria only in 1(2.2 percent) specimen. Mixed aerobic and anaerobic growth was seen in 28(60.9 percent) specimens. In total there were 91 isolates (60 aerobic and 31 anaerobic bacteria), with an average of 2 isolates per specimen. The predominant aerobes were Staphylococcus spp. (26.7 percent), Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas spp. (16.6 percent) each. The predominant anaerobes were Peptostreptococcus spp. (48.4 percent) and Bacteroides spp. (19.3 percent). Predisposing conditions were seen in 32 out of 46 patients (69.6 percent), commonest being diabetes (28.1 percent). Our study highlights the polymicrobial nature of necrotizing fasciitis.

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