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Can flesh-eating bacteria have any complications?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The necrotizing fasciitis caused by flesh-eating bacteria can have very serious complications. The infection spreads very quickly and causes more and more extensive tissue damage until it is treated. Since surgically removing dead tissue from the infection is part of treatment, the more extensive damage is, the more that will have to be removed; extensive scarring, disfigurement, or amputation of arms or legs may be necessary. Due to the severe nature of a flesh-eating bacteria infection, it may be fatal.

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