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, septic abortion, intra-abdominal abscess, fatal bacteremia with massive exotoxin-mediated hemolysis

Contact precautions while draining wound present

Surgical debridement of devitalized tissue crucial