Clostridium septicum infection associated with colonic carcinoma and hematologic abnormality.


Journal Article

Six patients with Clostridium septicum sepsis seen at Duke University Medical Center over a two-year period also had other abnormalities, consisting of hematologic disorders in 3 and colon tumors in 3. Three patients died of sepsis; 2 survived following disarticulation of the arm to control gas gangrene, while the sixth patient survived the sepsis but died of metastatic disease. When anaerobic cultures are positive for C. septicum, antibiotics should be given immediately. The high incidence of underlying colon tumor, especially in the cecum, should prompt consideration of a barium-enema examination.

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Cited Authors

  • Schaaf, RE; Jacobs, N; Kelvin, FM; Gallis, HA; Akwari, O; Thompson, WM

Published Date

  • December 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 137 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 625 - 627

PubMed ID

  • 6934562

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6934562

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-8419

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1148/radiology.137.3.6934562


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States