Necrotizing soft-tissue infections.
NSTI is a life-threatening, surgical, and medical emergency. Clinical presentation, at least in the initial phase, can be misleading. Various studies have shown that delay in surgical debridement is associated with increased mortality. A high index of suspicion is important in early recognition and in instituting prompt therapy without delay. Early diagnosis, aggressive surgical debridement, aggressive supportive care, and optimal presumptive antibiotic therapy significantly improve morbidity and mortality associated with NSTIs. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.