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Necrotizing fasciitis is an invasive soft tissue infection that progresses rapidly. It rarely occurs in the craniocervical area but when it does, it can be fatal; an early diagnosis and treatment would be thus important. Patients with necrotizing fasciitis are treated with intravenous antibiotics after wide debridement of necrotic tissues and daily dressing with antibiotic solution. Since daily dressing is thought to be a bothering procedure to both patients and medical doctors, we applied negative pressure wound therapy on the necrotizing fasciitis wound after operation. Negative pressure wound therapy has been used broadly in the departments of plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery and urology but rarely in the department of otorhinolaryngology. After applying the negative pressure wound therapy, the wound was successfully healed. We hereby introduce the benefits of negative pressure treatment on necrotizing fasciitis patients. Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg 2012;55:791-4