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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 133-134

Bacteriological study of clinically suspected cases of gas gangrene

Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Aurangabad 431 001, Maharashtra, India

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VP Baradkar
Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Aurangabad 431 001, Maharashtra
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ABSTRACT: From 63 clinically suspected cases of gas gangrene confirmation of the3 diagnosis of gas gangrene by laboratory findings was obtained in 8 cases. Of this, Clostridium perfringens was isolated from 4 cases (50 percent); Clostridium septicum from 2 cases (25 percent), while Clostridium oedematiens (12.5 percent) and Clostridium sporogenes (12.5 percent) were isolated from single case each. Three cases were diagnosed as anaerobic streptococcal myositis. From two cases black pigmented Bacteroides were isolated. Polymicrobial flora was observed in one case in which Clostridium perfringens was associated with Klebsiella pneumoniae. No organism (either aerobe or anaerobe) was isolated in 11 cases. In the remaining 39 culture positive cases which did not yield growth of any anaerobe, the common isolates were Proteus sp. K.pneumoniae, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus in various combinations. Hence it is important to know the aetiological agents to institute specific therapy, to reduce morbidity and mortality.

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