Outlook for necrotising fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitiscan progress very quickly and lead to serious problems such as blood poisoning (sepsis) and organ failure.

Even with treatment, it's estimated thatone or twoin everyfivecases are fatal.

People who survive the infection are sometimesleft with long-term disabilitydue toamputation or theremoval of a lot of infected tissue.

They mayneed further surgery to improve the appearance of the affected area and may need ongoing rehabilitation supportto help them adapt to their disability.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018