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Anaerobe. 2014 Jun;27:14-6. doi: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2014.02.004. Epub 2014 Mar 13.

Fournier's gangrene caused by Actinomyces funkei, Fusobacterium gonidiaformans and Clostridium hathewayi.

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1
Sección de Microbiología, Hospital Universitario de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Spain. Electronic address: danielt@sescam.jccm.es.
2
Sección de Microbiología, Hospital Universitario de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Spain.
3
Servicio de Bacteriología, Centro Nacional de Microbiología, Majadahonda, Spain.

Abstract

We report the first case of Fournier's gangrene caused by three unusual anaerobic organisms: Actinomyces funkei, Fusobacterium gonidiaformans and Clostridium hathewayi. The infection occurred in a 73-year-old man without typical risk factors for the development of Fournier's gangrene. Clinical outcome was good after prolonged antibiotic treatment and extensive debridement of the perineum. The case suggests that A. funkei, F. gonidiaformans and C. hathewayi should be considered as potential pathogens of Fournier's gangrene. Human infections caused by these organisms are very rare but can be underestimated because correct identification is very difficult, especially in polymicrobial infections such as Fournier's gangrene.

KEYWORDS:

Actinomyces funkei; Anaerobic infection; Clostridium hathewayi; Fournier's gangrene; Fusobacterium gonidiaformans; Polymicrobial infection

PMID:
24631671
DOI:
10.1016/j.anaerobe.2014.02.004
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