European journal of plastic surgery vol:27 issue:4 pages:182-184
Necrotizing fasciitis is a life-threatening infection, mostly caused by a mixture of gram-negative, grampositive and anaerobic organisms, frequently including haemolytic streptococci. This polyculture of bacteria demands early diagnosis and aggressive treatment to diminish the high morbidity and mortality rates. We report a young, healthy patient with acute necrotizing fasciitis with jaundice as a first clinical sign, caused by a monomicrobial Staphylococcus aureus. This type of necrotizing fasciitis is rare but can be fulminant, early diagnosis and prompt initiation of therapy are essential.