Group A streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis of the psoas muscle

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Abstract

Group A streptococci are common colonizers of the skin and upper respiratory tract.Serious infections of the respiratory tract as well as the skin and soft tissue are common. Highly virulent Group A streptococci are not infrequently the cause of invasive, life-threatening infections. Necrotizing fasciitis is uncommon and rarely the result of Group A streptococci. Necrotizing fasciitis of the psoas from Group A streptococci has been reported as a complication in patients with colon cancer perforation or peritonitis. We report the first case of Group A streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis of the psoas muscle not associated with peritonitis or colon perforation. (Heart Lung [registered sign] 1999;28:219-21)

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