Flesh-Eating Disease - Prognosis

About 30 percent of those who are affected by flesh-eating disease eventually die of the infection. People with other disorders, such as diabetes (see diabetes mellitus entry), kidney disease, malnutrition, and obesity (see obesity entry), are at especially high risk for the disease. The elderly and intravenous drug users (those who inject drugs) are also at higher risk for the disease.

One consequence of the disease can be permanent scarring where the dead skin was cut away. Plastic surgery can sometimes be used to cover or reduce the amount of scarring.

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