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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Yamuna Kondapally, M.B.B.S[2]

Overview

On frozen section biopsy, histologic criteria for diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis include necrosis of superficial fascia, fibrinous thrombi of arteries and veins, polymorphonuclear infiltration of the dermis and fascia, and presence of microorganisms within the destroyed fascia and dermis.

Frozen Section Biopsy

Specimens are taken from advancing edge and central necrotic areas for good yield. These tissues are used for tissue culture and microscopic histopathology.[1]

  • The histologic criteria for diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis include:

References

  1. Stamenkovic I, Lew PD (1984). "Early recognition of potentially fatal necrotizing fasciitis. The use of frozen-section biopsy". N Engl J Med. 310 (26): 1689–93. doi:10.1056/NEJM198406283102601. PMID 6727947.

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