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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2013, Article ID 373712, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/373712
Case Report

Fatal Necrotizing Fasciitis in a Child following a Blunt Chest Trauma

1Department of Infectious Disease, Hospital Nacional de Ninos “Dr. Carlos Saenz Herrera,” Avenida Paseo Colón, P.O. Box 1654, San José, Costa Rica
2Department of Emergency, Hospital Nacional de Ninos “Dr. Carlos Saenz Herrera,” Avenida Paseo Colón, P.O. Box 1654, San José, Costa Rica

Received 11 February 2013; Accepted 11 March 2013

Academic Editors: U. Kiechl-Kohlendorfer, T. Srivastava, and S. Stabouli

Copyright © 2013 Yohel Ocaña 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 serious soft tissue infection rarely occurring in children after blunt trauma. Due to its high morbidity and mortality rates, a high index of suspicion is necessary for prompt diagnosis and treatment. We describe a 6-year-old Costa Rican girl who died secondary to multiple complications following a posttraumatic necrotizing fasciitis.