Necrotizing fasciitis caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis in a neonate with extremely low birthweight

Peker E., Kirimi E., Tuncer O., Ceylan A., Cagan E., Dogan M.

JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol.37, no.7, pp.671-673, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2010.00840.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.671-673
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a severe life-threatening soft tissue infection characterized by rapidly spreading necrosis of the fascia and the subcutaneous tissue. The initial skin presentation ranges from minimal rash to cellulites. The lesions subsequently spread rapidly. Even with appropriate medical and surgical therapy, the mortality rate in NF is more than 50%. In cases of neonates, mortality rate is higher than that ratio. High index of suspicion, prompt aggressive surgery, appropriate antibiotics and supportive care are the mainstays of management in the newborn infant with NF. Herein, we report a case of invasive and mortal NF caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis in an infant with extremely low birthweight.