A 71 year-old male with interscapular pain was admitted on suspicion of an acute aortic dissection. The diagnosis was not supported by echocardiography or computed tomography (CT). Physical examination showed an erythematous area of the skin with crepitation between the scapulae, and the CT showed subcutaneous emphysema of the entire back region. Necrotising fasciitis was diagnosed and despite aggressive supportive therapy the patient died within hours. Blood cultures were positive for Streptococcus pneumoniae and this case adds to the list of reports of necrotising fasciitis related to pneumococci.
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|Published - 2011