Necrotising myositis: Significance of early diagnosis, radical surgery and aggressive antibiotic therapy

P. Nassikovker*, M. Holla, J. G. van der Hoeven, L. M.A. Heunks

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Necrotising myositis is an extremely rare infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. Since the disease can mimic several other conditions, the diagnosis is often delayed. We describe a case of necrotising myositis necessitating amputation of both legs in a previously healthy 40 year-old man. Although the use of clindamycin and immunoglobulin treatment may improve outcome, necrotising myositis is a surgical emergency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalNetherlands Journal of Critical Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012

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