Multifocal necrotizing fasciitis in varicella

Gerard Schwarz*, Mayer Sagy, Zohar Barzilay

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We describe a two-year-old patient who developed severe necrotizing fasciitis in three nonadjacent sites of his extremities during varicella. The recovery of purulent material by aspiration of deep soft tissues after seven days of fever, leukocytosis, and no response to antimicrobial therapy raised the suspicion of this diagnosis. The patient recovered following surgical drainage, debridement, and subsequent skin grafts. It is emphasized that early diagnosis of this severe complication is important since early surgical intervention decreases morbidity and facilitates recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-33
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1989


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