Clostridium perfringens


Standard Precautions
Standard Precautions

General Information

Pathogen 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

Associated syndromes

Gas gangrene/clostridial myonecrosis, necrotizing skin and soft tissue infection, septic abortion, intra-abdominal abscess, bacteremia.

Can cause clostridial toxic shock syndrome.

Foodborne self-limited gastrointestinal illness.

Additional Information

Urgent surgical debridement if devitalized tissue present (eg, necrotizing fasciitis or gas gangrene).