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Flesh Eating Bacteria – Something from a horror film or a horrifying reality for sufferers?

May 27, 2014

Flesh Eating Bacteria – Something from a horror film or a horrifying reality for sufferers?

Flesh Eating Bacteria or necrotizing fasciitis (NF), is a rare, but extremely serious condition that affects an estimated 500 people in the UK each year. Necrotizing fasciitis carries a significant threat of death, and, once diagnosed, requires immediate medical attention. Mortality rates have been estimated between 20%-40%, although a study conducted from 2002-2003 found the mortality rate to be 26.6%*.


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Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection that initially attacks deeper skin layers and subcutaneous tissues, spreading quickly through the fascia (a structure of connective tissue surrounding muscles, which plays a key role in the body’s movement), releasing toxins that destroy muscle and skin. NF most commonly attacks the abdominal wall and the arms and legs. Surgical debridement (the removing of infected tissue) is required to prevent the infection from spreading, and when debridement is unsuccessful amputation of limbs can be necessary to prevent further spread of infection.


Due to the nature of NF, plastic or reconstructive surgery plays a significant role both in the early and in the long term rehabilitation. Depending on the region where the infection attacks, it may leave the patient with extensive wounds or with amputation stumps in case of limb loss requiring skin grafts or flap surgery. They may have significant scarring, which can be improved by various reconstructive surgical options.


At Austingraces we hold particular expertise in reconstructive surgery, scars and soft tissue injuries. Our surgeon, Mr Fortune Iwuagwu, a member of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, is experienced in working with patients who have suffered from NF, to help learn how surgical steps can lead to recovery to the fullest extent possible. Call us today for a consultation on 08456 020 621


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