Journal Article

Value of Standard Laboratory Tests for the Early Recognition of Group A β-Hemolytic Streptococcal Necrotizing Fasciitis

Thierry Simonart, Jean-Marie Simonart, Inge Derdelinckx, Gilbert De Dobbeleer, Ann Verleysen, Sylvie Verraes, Josianne de Maubeuge, Jean-Paul Van Vooren, Jean-Marie Naeyaert, Michel de la Brassine, Willy E. Peetermans and Michel Heenen

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 1, pages e9-e12
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/317525
Value of Standard Laboratory Tests for the Early Recognition of Group A β-Hemolytic Streptococcal Necrotizing Fasciitis

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The laboratory data for 17 patients with group A β-hemolytic streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis (GAS NF) were compared with data for 145 patients hospitalized for cellulitis during the same period. Admission values of C-reactive protein and creatine kinase were higher for patients in the group with GAS NF than for patients in the group with cellulitis (P < .001), suggesting that standard laboratory tests may be useful for the early differential diagnosis of GAS NF and cellulitis.

Journal Article.  2515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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