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Necrotizing fasciitis of the thigh should raise suspicion of a rectal cancer.

18:19 EDT 24th April 2014 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Necrotizing fasciitis of the thigh should raise suspicion of a rectal cancer."

Perforation of rectal cancer usually occurs intraperitoneally. Extraperitoneal perforation is rare and usually presents as perineal sepsis, leading to diagnosis and urgent surgical management plus antibiotic therapy. We report the case of a patient presenting with a perforated rectal carcinoma which presented as necrotizing fasciitis of the right thigh.


Service de chirurgie digestive, hôpital Charles-Nicolle, CHU de Rouen, 1, rue de Germont, 76000 Rouen cedex, France.

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Name: Journal of visceral surgery
ISSN: 1878-7886


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