Nigerian Journal of Clinical Medicine

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Necrotizing Fasciitis In A Preterm, HIV Infected Baby

OA Olutekunbi, TA Olatunji, TJ Akinola, T Ogunlana, OA Odusote, EA Disu


Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a rapidly progressive life threatening bacterial infection of the soft tissues. It is commoner in the adult population where it is associated with systemic and local disease conditions such as diabetes mellitus, intravenous drug abuse, dental lesions, trauma and immunosuppression. It is rare in children, especially neonates.
The hallmark of the management of NF is prompt diagnosis. Effective modalities of management include resuscitation, early surgical wound debridement to control infection and use of intravenous antimicrobial agents.
We report a case of NF in a preterm HIV infected neonate.

Key words: Necrotizing fasciitis, Intravenous access site, Intravenous antibiotics
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