A Case of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection Presenting as a Sore Throat.

Claudia Lam, Christopher Forest

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Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections (NSTIs) are rare, with an annual incidence of 0.04/1000 in the US. Typical precipitating events: breaks  in epithelial or mucosal surfaces. Early findings: erythema (80%), induration (66%), tenderness (54%) . Late findings include pain out-of-proportion, skin bullae, and unstable vitals. Key characteristics are signs/symptoms progress within hours, much faster than abscess or cellulitis. The gold standard for diagnosis is operative exploration.  Mortality rates decrease from 28% to 4.5% with surgical debridement within 12 hours of ED admission.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - May 2017
EventAmerican Academy of Physician Assistants - Las Vegas, NV
Duration: May 1 2017 → …


ConferenceAmerican Academy of Physician Assistants
Period5/1/17 → …


  • Skin infections
  • cellulitis
  • Dermatology


  • Medicine and Health Sciences

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