Clostridial sepsis: is death avoidable?

Casiano Torres, C.F.; Jaume Anselmi, F.; Ramirez Rivera, J.

Boletin de la Asociacion Medica de Puerto Rico 91(7-12): 103-105


ISSN/ISBN: 0004-4849
PMID: 10842443
Document Number: 6366
Massive intravascular hemolysis is a rare yet often fatal complication of clostridial sepsis. The only chance for survival is an early diagnosis and prompt initiation of treatment. We report a rapidly fatal case who developed electrocardiographic changes of acute myocardial injury. Autopsy showed gas-filled bubbles and cysts in the myocardium partially filled with sporulating bacilli with the morphology of clostridia. Gas filled bubbles were also present in the lungs, liver, kidneys and spleen. The gastric mucosa showed hemorrhagic and necrotizing changes, the probable site of entry of the infection.

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Clostridial sepsis: is death avoidable?