Potentially Fatal Necrotising Fasciitis of the Head and Neck: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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P.K. Shenoy, MD, FRCS, DLO, FACS, ENT Service Chief, Campbellton Regional Hospital, Campbellton, NB, Canada.
K. Bali, MD, MS, Deputy Head, Ear Nose and Throat Department, Al Ain Hospital, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

A case of necrotising fasciitis of the neck originating from odontogenic infection is presented. Clinical features including pathogenesis and treatment are discussed along with a review of the literature.
Keywords: necrotising fasciitis, flesh eating bacterial disease, synergistic necrotizing cellulitis, killer bug disease, fasciitis necrotans, surgical débridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, multi-organ failure, toxic shock syndrome, Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy (DIC), Laboratory Risk Indicator for Necrotising Fasciitis (LRINEC).