(Received 16 June 2000; accepted 25 September 2000)
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Three cases of cervical necrotizing fasciitis (CNF), two of confirmed odontogenic origin and one of probable odontogenic origin, were observed from 1993–1999. This is in addition to three cases previously reported by this office. A rare sequelae of dental infection, CNF can be a severe, rapidly progressing infection of the cervical tissues having a mortality rate of up to 50%. “Hospital gangrene” was first described during the Civil War. It was later to be described as necrotizing fasciitis and later yet was designated as a separate clinicopathological diagnosis.
Associate professor, Office of the Medical Investigator, Department of Pathology, UNM Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM
Consultant, Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM
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