Necrotizing Myositis in a Neutropenic Patient: The Use of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Atypical Presentations

  • Torrejón M
  • Celi E
  • Cancho D
  • et al.
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Abstract

We report a case of fatal necrotizing soft tissue infection (NSTI) due to Clostridium perfringens (CP) in a neutropenic patient with diabetes mellitus. As in many cases, by the time a diagnosis was made, the condition had rapidly progressed to its late stages, resulting in a fatal outcome. The emergency physician should be aware of NSTI as a complication when patients present with pain out of proportion to physical findings and/or signs of soft tissue compromise. Negative prognostic factors for survival are diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, age, and toxic shock syndrome. A bedside ultrasound scan allows for rapid evaluation in time-sensitive critically ill patients and can promote prompt treatment without the need to delay for further imaging studies.

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Torrejón, M. D. C., Celi, E., Cancho, D., Knox, A., & Henriquez-Camacho, C. (2014). Necrotizing Myositis in a Neutropenic Patient: The Use of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Atypical Presentations. Case Reports in Emergency Medicine, 2014, 1–3. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/685263

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