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Cases J. 2008 Oct 20;1(1):252. doi: 10.1186/1757-1626-1-252.

Diagnosis and misdiagnosis of necrotizing soft tissue infections: three case reports.

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  • 1Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant-Surgery, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany. Schroepfer_e@chirurgie.uni-wuerzburg.de.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Today, gas gangrene is rare, but still many of the patients die, despite having received timely treatment.

CASE PRESENTATION:

This report highlights the cases of three different patients, who were transferred to our surgical department in 2006. The first patient (Patient_A), with the suspected diagnosis "femoral hematoma", a second patient (Patient_B) because of an "acute abdomen" and the third patient (Patient_C) with suspected gas gangrene of the right leg.

CONCLUSION:

The first two cases demonstrate gas gangrene should always be kept in mind, especially in high-risk-patients. Though, the third case shows that severe consequences because of a precipitate diagnosis can be avoided by careful evaluation.

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PMC2576185
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