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Finegoldia magna: a rare cause of necrotising fasciitis
  1. Ardit Begaj,
  2. Ross C McLean and
  3. Pudhupalayam Bhaskar
  1. General Surgery, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Stockton-on-Tees, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ardit Begaj; ardit.begaj{at}


Necrotising fasciitis is a life-threatening condition characterised by inflammation, affecting the soft tissues, which spreads within a fascial plane. Skin changes can be delayed and can often go unnoticed. The condition arises from a bacterial infection, commonly being of polymicrobial aetiology. We describe an uncommon case of necrotising fasciitis caused by Finegoldia magna, an anaerobic coccus, in a 40-year-old patient with diabetes. F. magna is a Gram-positive anaerobic coccus, which was previously known as Peptostreptococcus magnus. The bacteria is found in the normal flora of the urogenital tract. The bacteria is associated with severe infections such as native valve endocarditis, paravalvular abscess around a bioprosthetic valve, purulent pericarditis complicated by mediastanitis, meningitis after pneumonia and necrotising pneumonia complicated by pyopneumothorax. There have been no cases in the literature describing necrotising fasciitis of the abdominal wall caused by F. magna.

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  • Contributors AB performed a literature search and wrote the first draft of the case report. RCM provided further edits, followed up the patient and guided the writing of introduction and discussion. PB followed up the patient and reviewed and edited the final draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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