The high mortality of streptococcal gangrene was not dramatically reduced by penicillin therapy. Tissue antibiotic penetration was measured in a patient who ultimately succumbed to complications of this disease. High antibiotic levels were found in muscle that subsequently became gangrenous. This suggests that retained streptococcal products produce a continuing inflammatory process with ultimate necrosis of involved structures. Aggressive debridement remains the mainstay of therapy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Johns Hopkins Medical Journal|
|State||Published - 1973|
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