Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Flesh Eating Bacteria Evaluation

The evaluation of necrotizing fasciitis begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with necrotizing fasciitis include:

Tests are required to evaluate necrotizing fasciitis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate necrotizing fasciitis include:
  • Complete blood count
  • Wound gram stain:
    • Helps identify the type of bacteria
  • Bacterial cultures of the skin:
    • Helps identify the type of bacteria
  • Blood cultures
  • Bone x-rays:
    • May show gas in the tissues
  • CT scan:
    • May show gas in the tissues

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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