Necrotizing fasciitis after Plastibell circumcision

J Pediatr. 1997 Sep;131(3):459-62. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(97)80078-9.


Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life-threatening infection of subcutaneous tissues and Scarpa's fascia that rarely affects neonates. We report the occurrence of this devastating infection in two neonates after routine Plastibell circumcision. These case reports highlight the presentation and management of this complication after a relatively routine and frequently performed operation. This report also emphasizes the differences between cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis and suggests strategies for management.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Circumcision, Male / adverse effects*
  • Circumcision, Male / instrumentation*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Debridement
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fasciitis, Necrotizing / diagnosis
  • Fasciitis, Necrotizing / etiology*
  • Fasciitis, Necrotizing / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Penis / injuries*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents