Information For Health Professionals on Necrotizing Fasciitis

All cases of Group A Streptococcus that result in necrotizing fasciitis are reportable to the Minnesota Department of Health.

It may be difficult to distinguish between standard antimicrobial susceptible cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis. Clinicians should consult with surgery, infectious disease or both per your facility’s guidelines for any case presenting with symptoms suspicious of necrotizing fasciitis.

References (Attention: Non-MDH links):
  1. Pasternack, M. S. (2010). Cellulitis, Necrotizing Fasciitis, and Subcutaneous Tissue Infections. In Mandell, G. L. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases (7th Ed., pp. 1289-1312). Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
  2. “Necrotizing Fasciitis: A Rare Disease, Especially for the Healthy.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  3. “Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Stevens, D.L. (2005). Guidelines for Skin and Soft-Tissue Infections. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 41, 1373-1406. Accessed 7/15/2013 from Guidelines for Skin and Soft-Tissue Infections (PDF: 288KB/34 pages)

Updated Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10:15AM