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Title: Fatal Clostridium septicum myonecrosis.
Austin Authors: Hiew, Chee-Yan;Silberstein, M;Hennessy, O F
Affiliation: University of Melbourne Department of Radiology, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Nov-1993
Publication information: Australasian Radiology; 37(4): 399-400
Abstract: A 20 year old leukaemic patient with neutropaenia secondary to chemotherapy, who developed overwhelming sepsis, myonecrosis, vascular occlusion and necrotizing enterocolitis due to Clostridium septicum infection is described. Plain abdominal radiographs and a computed tomography scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed gas in the retroperitoneal soft tissues. Clostridium septicum septicaemia has a recognized association with malignancy and neutropaenia and has a high mortality if not diagnosed and treated early. Computed tomography scanning of the abdomen, pelvis and head is advised in any patient with a positive C. septicum blood culture.
Gov't Doc #: 8257347
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Acute Disease
Clostridium Infections.diagnosis.immunology
Fatal Outcome
Gas Gangrene.diagnosis.immunology
Immunocompromised Host
Leukemia, Myeloid.complications
Muscular Diseases.diagnosis.immunology
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