Clostridium septicum infection associated with necrotizing pancreatitis, transmural gastric necrosis, and liquefaction of the spleen

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Abstract

Spontaneous infection with Clostridium septicum (C. septicum) is rare, but when isolated it is commonly associated with malignancy. We report a case of a 47-year-old man with infected pancreatic necrosis involving greater than 80% of the pancreas, transmural gastric necrosis, and liquefaction necrosis of the spleen. Initial cultures revealed C. septicum infection. He was managed with prompt aggressive surgical debridément, resection, appropriate broad spectrum antibiotics, and early enteral nutrition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-79
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Clostridium septicum
  • Gastric necrosis
  • Malignancy
  • Necrotizing pancreatitis
  • Spleen necrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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