Clostridium perfringens

Clostridium perfringens


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General Information

Anaerobic spore forming gram positive bacilli, box-car shaped.

Environmental (soil, water) organism as well as human/animal digestive tract.

Associated with penetrating wounds with environmental exposure.

  • Gas gangrene/Clostridial myonecrosis
  • Necrotizing skin and soft tissue infection
  • Intra-abdominal abscess
  • Fatal bacteremia with massive exotoxin-mediated hemolysis
  • Foodborne self-limited gastrointestinal illness

Contact precautions while draining wound present.

Surgical debridement of devitalized tissue crucial.