Journal Article

Case Report and Literature Review of Late-Onset Group B Streptococcal Disease Manifesting as Necrotizing Fasciitis in Preterm Infants: Is This a New Syndrome?

M. E. Lang, W. Vaudry and J. L. Robinson

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 9, pages e132-e135
Published in print November 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/378892
Case Report and Literature Review of Late-Onset Group B Streptococcal Disease Manifesting as Necrotizing Fasciitis in Preterm Infants: Is This a New Syndrome?

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We describe a 5-month-old preterm female infant who presented with necrotizing fasciitis involving the face and neck caused by group B streptococcus (GBS). Because of the extent and anatomic location of the necrosis, surgical debridement was delayed for 16 days, but the infant survived. Review of the literature demonstrated that 3 of the 10 previously reported cases of necrotizing fasciitis caused by GBS involved preterm infants and that 2 of these cases also involved the head and neck.

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

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