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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2012, Article ID 453685, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/453685
Case Report

Necrotizing Fasciitis Associated with Staphylococcus lugdunensis

1Department of General Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
2Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Received 5 February 2012; Accepted 21 March 2012

Academic Editors: A. Marangoni and X. Vallès

Copyright © 2012 Tony Hung et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Necrotizing fasciitis is a life-threatening soft tissue infection that results in rapid local tissue destruction. Type 1 necrotizing fasciitis is characterized by polymicrobial, synergistic infections that are caused by non-Group A streptococci, aerobic and anaerobic organisms. Type 2 necrotizing fasciitis involves Group A Streptococcus (GAS) with or without a coexisting staphylococcal infection. Here we provide the first report of necrotizing fasciitis jointly associated with the microbes Group B Streptococcus and Staphylococcus lugdunensis. S. lugdunensis is a commensal human skin bacterium known to cause often painful and prolonged skin and soft tissue infections. To our knowledge, however, this is the first case of Staph. lugdunensis-associated necrotizing fasciitis to be reported in the literature.