Necrotizing fasciitis in Indonesian adult with diabetes mellitus: Two case and review article

Atina Irani Wira Putri, Hermina Novida

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Background: Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a rare and life-threatening form of infection involving rapidly spreading inflammation and extensive necrosis of the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and superficial fascia. Case presentation: This study reported two cases of NF in a 56-year-old female and a 38-year-old male who demonstrated typical signs and symptoms of NF. Both presented to the hospital with skin necrosis in the lower extremity, sepsis shock, and multiorgan failure. Based on the clinical presentation, physical examination, and additional examination, a diagnosis of NF was made. The LRINEC score was used to distinguish NF from other soft tissue infections. Both patients were treated with empirical antibiotics, surgical debridement and planned to be amputated, but the patients were hemodynamically unstable and passed away before the amputation proceeded. Discussion: Delay in the diagnosis of NF increases the risk of mortality and the use of the LRINEC score is very helpful in decision making for health workers. Conclusion: The key to the management of NF is early diagnosis, debridement, removal of necrotic tissue, amputation, and use of empirical antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106890
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • Diabetes mellitus
  • LRINEC score
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Surgery


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