An acute disease in which inflammation of the fasciae of muscles or other organs results in rapid destruction of overlying tissues.
- This disease is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes.
- Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci can also cause invasive infections such as necrotizing fasciitis, myositis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.
- The invasive strains were responsible for severe infections such as streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, necrotizing fasciitis, postpartum endometritis, and bacteraemia.
- Pyrogenic exotoxins also have been linked to unusually severe invasive infections including necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.
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Syllabification: nec·ro·tiz·ing fas·ci·i·tis
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