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Int J Emerg Med. 2011 Apr 14;4:14. doi: 10.1186/1865-1380-4-14.

Gas gangrene and osteomyelitis of the foot in a diabetic patient treated with tea tree oil.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Hyperbaric Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, EMSTAT Center/550 East Genesee, Syracuse, New York 13202, USA.


Diabetic foot wounds represent a class of chronic non-healing wounds that can lead to the development of soft tissue infections and osteomyelitis. We reviewed the case of a 44-year-old female with a diabetic foot wound who developed gas gangrene while treating her wound with tea tree oil, a naturally derived antibiotic agent. This case report includes images that represent clinical examination and x-ray findings of a patient who required broad-spectrum antibiotics and emergent surgical consultation. Emergency Department (ED) detection of these complications may prevent loss of life or limb in these patients.

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