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Most commonly referred to as flesh-eating bacteria, necrotizing fasciitis is a progressive, rapidly spreading inflammatory infection located in the deep fascia (skin)that destroys fascia and fat with secondary necrosis of subcutaneous tissue. Also referred to as hemolytic streptococcal gangrene, acute dermal gangrene, suppurative fasciitis, and synergistic necrotizing cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis is most commonly caused by the pathogenic bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A Streptococcus (GAS), although other aerobic and anaerobic patho-gens may be present.

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