The good news is necrotizing fasciitis is extremely rare. In fact, according to the latest data, only about 600 to 700 cases are detected each year. The bad news, however, is that this condition, also known as flesh-eating bacteria, is deadly. Of those who get the condition, 25 to 30 percent die.
Why Necrotizing Fasciitis Is So Dangerous
Fortunately, those who are healthy and practice good hygiene and proper wound care rarely develop this dangerous disease. The problem with necrotizing fasciitis is that it spreads so quickly. Once the bacteria get into the wound, it enters the blood stream and aggressively kills tissue, skin, and muscle, which can eventually cause death.
Necrotizing fasciitis is often caused by Group A streptococcus, also known as “strep,” and is the same bacteria that causes strep throat. However, other types of bacteria are often known to cause this dangerous condition, which occurs when the bacteria infect the superficial fascia, a layer of connective tissue underneath the skin.
If Your Doctor Fails to Detect the Danger
Early diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis is critical to making a recovery, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. The warning signs that you are infected with flesh-eating bacteria include nausea, pain, inflammation, and fever. Since these symptoms are also synonymous with minor infections and other ailments, doctors may miss that necrotizing fasciitis is the cause. If treatment starts too late, the results are often devastating.
In order to accurately check for this type of bacteria, doctors must perform a variety of different tests, including checking for gas bubbles under the skin and a laboratory analysis of tissue and fluid samples. If these tests—and their results—are overlooked, you may not receive treatment in time to be effective.
When Your Doctor Fails to Give You the Medical Treatment You Deserve
Although it is understandable that doctors make mistakes, sometimes these mistakes are the result of outright negligence. If you or a loved one suffered through the pain of necrotizing fasciitis, you could be eligible to receive financial compensation. The attorneys of the Holton Law Firm may be able to help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today by calling 888-443-4387 to schedule your consultation and find out what we can do for you.