A prospective study by Dr Shadi Lahham MD, MS, and team revealed that point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be used as a diagnostic tool for the identification of necrotizing fasciitis (NF) with high sensitivity and specificity. The findings of the study are published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF), also known as flesh-eating disease, is a bacterial infection that results in the death of parts of the body's soft tissue. The incidence of necrotizing fasciitis in adults is 0.40 cases per 100,000 people/year and the incidence in children is higher at 0.08 cases per 100,000 people/year. It requires prompt diagnosis and immediate surgical debridement.
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