Radiological assessment in necrotizing fasciitis

Gök M. C. , Turhan Y., Demiroğlu M., Kılıç B., Akkuş M., Özkan K.

Medical Journal of Islamic World Academy of Sciences, vol.109, no.5645, pp.1-3, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 109 Issue: 5645
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Journal Name: Medical Journal of Islamic World Academy of Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-3


Necrotizing fasciitis is a rarely seen condition that affects the superficial fascia and subcutaneous fatty tissue and can be life threatening. It is mostly encountered in an acute fashion, but subacute progressive course can be seen rarely. Necrotizing fasciitis can affect any part of the body, but it is mostly seen in extremities, especially in the lower extremity. Although some traumatic events such as open fractures, crush injuries, lacerations, steroid injections, insect bites, burns, or frostbite injuries can cause necrotizing fasciitis, it can also be seen without any trauma. Affected extremity or the life of the patient can be protected with rapid diagnosis and treatment. Radiological tests are important as clinical doubt and examination. This study aimed to discuss the importance of the radiological assessment for the diagnosis of this lifethreatening condition in the context of current literature.