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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

On-line version ISSN 2386-8201Print version ISSN 1699-695X


MOYANO PORTILLO, Álvaro; ACOSTA MARTINEZ DEL VALLE, María de los Ángeles; MOYA SANCHEZ, Elena  and  RUIZ CARAZO, Eduardo. Necrotizing fasciitis secondary to pressure ulcer. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2019, vol.12, n.1, pp.24-27. ISSN 2386-8201.

Necrotizing fasciitis is an aggressive and highly destructive infection of the fasciae and muscles with high morbidity and mortality.

It usually occurs in immunocompromised patients such as HIV, diabetic, oncology or transplant patients. Its most common locations are the extremities, abdominal wall and perineum; in this latter location it is called Fournier's gangrene. Its association with pressure ulcers is infrequent, being connected in most cases with osteomyelitic processes, traumas with skin wounds or presence of foreign bodies.

We present the clinical case of a patient with necrotizing fasciitis secondary to pressure ulcer. We find it interesting to present the clinical characteristics as well as the radiological findings of this entity and, on the other hand, to emphasize the importance of an adequate care of pressure ulcers, since they can be the origin of necrotizing fasciitis.

Keywords : Fasciitis, Necrotizing; Pressure Ulcer; Primary Health Care.

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