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Necrotizing Fasciitis Caused by Haemophilus influenzae: Case Report and Review of Literature

Alhujailan, Ghanem MD*; Alsuwaidi, Ahmed MBBS, FRCPC†

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181ab2c46
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Necrotizing fasciitis is a soft tissue infection associated with the infarction of the dermis and the subcutaneous tissue spreading along the superficial or deep fascial planes, with relative sparing of the underlying muscle. The cause of this condition is most often polymicrobial, but may be unimicrobial, with Streptococcus pyogenes being the most commonly reported pathogen. Haemophilus influenzae as a cause has been reported only rarely, a case of which forms the basis for the present report.

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From the *Department of Medicine, Al Adan Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait and †Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Reprints: Ghanem Alhujailan, MD, Department of Medicine, Al Adan Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait. E-mail:

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