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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-90

Soft tissue infection of the head and neck in HIV –A vexing diagnostic conundrum


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vokkaligara Sangha Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Tulasi Nayak
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vokkaligara Sangha Dental College and Hospital, K.R. Road, V. V. Puram, Bengaluru - 560 004, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-433X.182670

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Necrotizing soft tissue infections (NSTI) are a spectrum of aggressive and devastating conditions with a high mortality rate. Immunocompromised patients are highly susceptible to these infections and may manifest unusual variants and varied combinations of the various conditions in this spectrum. We present here an unusual case of NSTI of the head and neck in an HIV-positive patient, highlighting the difficulty in diagnosis and the importance of lab risk indicator for necrotizing fasciitis scoring and swift, aggressive surgical therapy.


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