Tuesday, May 1, 2007

More surgery

Tmw he has to go in again at 430 to take a black spot out they have seen and open up another part of him that looks swollen and red. I found some things on the internet for those who are wondering like me...

Necrotizing Fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, which may be caused by streptococcal or other types of infection, an injury, or an autoimmune reaction.

1. Most patients with necrotizing fasciitis have either diabetes or alcoholism, two common problems that can lead to compromised immunity.

2. Necrotizing fasciitis is a severe infection that leads to necrosis of the subcutaneous tissue and adjacent fascia. The usual cause is a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic organisms, although group A streptococcus alone may be responsible. The organisms reach the subcutaneous tissue by extension from a contiguous infection or trauma to the area, includings surgery. There is widespread damage to the surrounding tissue, and occlusion of small subcutaneous vessels leads to dermal gangrene.

Extensive surgical incision and debridement is the mainstay of treatment, with concomitant antibiotic therapy. There are various other necrotizing conditions that are clinically very difficult to distinguish from one another and from necrotizing fasciitis.

3. Outcomes are variable. The type of infecting organism, rate of spread, susceptibility to antibiotics, and the timing of diagnosis all contribute to the final outcome.

Scarring and deformity are common with this type of disease. Fatalities are high even with aggressive treatment and powerful antibiotics. Untreated, the infection invariably spreads and causes death


3 comments:

Eminepala said...

Thanks for the update Marie...
He will get better I HOPE...

YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS SWEETIE

xoxo
Emine

shelly b said...

Hope that he gets better..

Aimee said...

i'm checking in everyday to see when you post good news because i know you will! he'll get through this!