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|+||Most commonly referred to as flesh-eating [[glossary:bacteria]], necrotizing fasciitis is a progressive, rapidly spreading inflammatory [[glossary:infection]] located in the deep fascia ([[glossary:skin]])that destroys fascia and fat with secondary necrosis of subcutaneous tissue. Also referred to as hemolytic streptococcal gangrene, acute dermal [[glossary:gangrene]], suppurative fasciitis, and synergistic necrotizing cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis is most commonly caused by the pathogenic [[glossary:bacteria]] Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A Streptococcus (GAS), although other aerobic and anaerobic patho-gens may be present. |