BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.07.2011.4453
  • Reminder of important clinical lesson

Necrotizing fasciitis of face – our experience in its management

  1. Geeta Mishra Tripathi1
  1. 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, People’s College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, India
  2. 2Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, People’s College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Preeti P Nair, shajihoss{at}


Necrotising fasciitis (NF) is a severe soft tissue infection which spreads rapidly through fascial planes, characterised by soft tissue necrosis and potentially life threatening. Involvement of the face from NF is rare. Only 35 such cases have been reported in the literature since 1960. It is associated with a high mortality and results in severe disfigurement of the face, posing challenging reconstructive problems. The authors present their experience on the comprehensive management of NF of face with severe disfigurement affecting a young female patient.


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