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Craniofacial necrotizing fasciitis secondary to sinusitis

  • Eduardo Raboso (a1), Maria T. Llavero (a1), Antonio Rosell (a1) and Antonio Martinez-Vidal (a1)


Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare condition which usuallyaffects the trunk, perineum and limbs. Head and neck involvement is very uncommon and in most cases it is secondary to orbital or dental infection. We report a case of craniofacial necrotizing fasciitis (CNF) secondary to a maxillary sinusitis. The patient was treated intensively with antibiotics, surgical procedures and life-support measures.Despite all efforts, the patient died one week after admission. This case highlights early diagnosis and aggressive management as decisivefactors for the outcome of the patient.


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Address for correspondence: E. Raboso, Departamento de ORL, Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Carretera de Colmenar Viejo Km 9.1, 28034 Madrid, Spain. Fax: 34-1-3368733 e-mail:


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