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Necrotizing fasciitis likely mistaken for chronic low back pain - A case report -
Anesth Pain Med 2018;13(3):298-301
Published online July 31, 2018
© 2018 The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists.

So Hui Yun1,2, Jong Cook Park1,2 , and You Jin Kim1
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, 1Jeju National University Hospital, 2Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea
Correspondence to: Jong Cook Park, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Jeju National University Hospital, Jeju National University School of Medicine, 15 Aran 13-gil, Jeju 63241, Korea Tel: 82-64-717-2028 Fax: 82-64-717-2042 E-mail: ORCID
Received May 12, 2017; Revised December 1, 2017; Accepted December 1, 2017.
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Necrotizing fasciitis is a significant factor of morbidity and mortality due to its sudden onset and rapid spread. It is accompanied by systemic toxicity and often fatal unless promptly recognized and aggressively treated. We reported a patient who presented symptoms confused with disc herniation and delayed initial diagnosis. The patient was treated for chronic low back pain. The origin of the pain was a foreign body-induced intra-abdominal infection that invaded the back muscles and eventually progressed to necrotizing fasciitis.
Key Words : Intervertebral disc displacement, Intraabdominal infections, Low back pain, Necrotizing fasciitis.

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