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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 165-168

Gas gangrene and related infection in a tertiary care hospital

Department of Microbiology All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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R Chaudhary
Department of Microbiology All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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ABSTRACT: The microbiological data of 23 patients who developed gas gangrene during a 5 year period from January 1992 to December 1996 was evaluated. The wound discharge yielded clostridial bacteria in 26 percent and non-clostridial aerobes and anaerobes in 56.5 percent. Clostridium perfringens was found to be the commonest clostridial isolate whereas Escherichia coli was the commonest in the non-clostridial group. Among the 23 patients reported, gas gangrene due to non-clostridial organisms was attributable in 13 patients. These non-clostridial gas gangrene cases were clinically indistinguishable from the clostridial infections. These infections possibly have the same fulminant course and thus need immediate radical treatment as the clostridial infections.

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