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Potentially life-threatening emergency
Gas gangrene - Skin
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Potentially life-threatening emergency

Gas gangrene - Skin

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Contributors: Art Papier MD, William Van Stoecker MD
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Synopsis

Clostridia anaerobic bacteria (usually Clostridium perfringens) are responsible for the necrotizing infection of subcutaneous tissue in clostridial gas gangrene. Pre-existing surgery, septic abortion, or an accident with trauma is common. Initially, except for confusion, systemic signs of toxicity are absent and pain is mild. Progression may be rapid. These infections typically follow trauma or surgery involving wound contamination from bowel flora. If Clostridium septicum is identified as the infectious agent, screen for colorectal cancer after resolution of acute illness, as there is a known association between C. septicum infection and colorectal cancer.

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ICD10CM:
A48.0 – Gas gangrene

SNOMEDCT:
80466000 – Gas gangrene

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Last Updated: 12/01/2014
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Potentially life-threatening emergency
Gas gangrene - Skin
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Gas gangrene : Delirium, Painful skin lesions, Purple color, BP decreased, Edema with crepitus
Clinical image of Gas gangrene
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