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J Formos Med Assoc. 1995 Dec;94(12):757-9.

Gas composition in Clostridium septicum gas gangrene.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC.


Clostridial gas gangrene (myonecrosis) is a rare but catastrophic condition that usually occurs in patients with underlying diseases. This paper reports a fatal case of spontaneous clostridial gas gangrene in a 60-year-old female diabetic patient. The composition of gas samples from the patient's damaged muscle was analyzed. The results showed 5.9% hydrogen, 3.4% carbon dioxide, 74.5% nitrogen and 16.1% oxygen. This gas composition supports the belief that such gas production occurs via glucose fermentation. This is the first time such an analysis has been performed in a clinical case of spontaneous clostridial gas gangrene.

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