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June 1970

Necrotizing Fasciitis Due toGroup A ß-Hemolytic Streptococci

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(6):664-668. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000060036009

Necrotizing fasciitis due to group A β-hemolytic streptococci is a serious acute cutaneous infection which is distinct from erysipelas and other ulcerating and gangrenous processes. It is characterized by rapidly spreading, ill-defined erythema followed by painless ulceration and necrosis along fascial planes. A satisfactory outcome depends on early recognition, and vigorous medical and surgical management.