Use of Infrared Thermography in Diagnosing Necrotizing Fasciitis in the Emergency Department: A Case Study
Objective: Necrotizing fasciitis is a difficult diagnosis with a very high mortality. However, thermal imaging has the potential to identify increasing skin temperature and rapid progression.
Materials and methods: We used repeat photographs taken with a thermal camera to visualize changes in skin temperature over time.
Results: An unstable male patient presented at the emergency department. Thermal imaging showed increased skin temperature of his left foot with a rapid increase and progression in extent within 1 hour. Necrotizing fasciitis was suspected and later confirmed.
Conclusions: We believe thermal imaging could be an important adjunct for the diagnosis of suspected necrotizing fasciitis.
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