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Ann Plast Surg. 1996 Mar;36(3):309-12.

Late Clostridium perfringens breast implant infection after dental treatment.

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Department of Surgery, State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, USA.


Late infection is rare after breast augmentation. Pathogenesis is usually implant seeding caused by bacteremia as a consequence of antecedent distant infections or medical/dental procedures. Reported is the first case of late implant infection, after extensive dental treatment, caused by Clostridium perfringens, an anaerobic pathogen commonly present in the human gastrointestinal tract. Prompt diagnosis and early antibiotic treatment of all bacterial infections, and serious consideration of antibiotic prophylaxis for all bacteremia-producing procedures, is essential for breast implant patients.

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