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Revista Cubana de Ortopedia y Traumatología

versión impresa ISSN 0864-215Xversión On-line ISSN 1561-3100


HERNANDEZ GONZALEZ, Erick Héctor et al. Gas gangrene. Rev Cubana Ortop Traumatol [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.1, pp.124-133. ISSN 0864-215X.

A case of a 29-year convict mestizo male patient is presented here. This patient is referred to the emergency department of Traumatology at Amalia Simoni University Hospital, seven days after having self-inoculated with stool in his right leg and thigh as self-harm. The patient complained of pain and his general was very poor. Physical examination revealed generalized increase in volume of the right lower limb, with marked erythema areas alternating with areas of necrosis that were even affecting the lower abdomen; increased local temperature, tenderness, pain with subcutaneous crepitus in wide area were found, as well as bulls serohematic bulls, putrid, foul-smelling. Radiography reveals marked increase in opacity of the soft tissues, bands of gas at the level of subcutaneous tissue and the presence of numerous bulls without bone involvement. Multidisciplinary surgical treatment was decided including the guillotine disarticulation of the right leg to hip level and wide toilette, life support, and the combination of clindamycin, vancomycin, and meronem. Gas gangrene is a fulminant soft tissue infection with high mortality; the suspected diagnosis and understanding of the pathophysiology improve prognosis. Life support, balance the internal environment, the use of broad-spectrum antimicrobials and aggressive surgical treatment, reduce mortality.

Palabras clave : gas gangrene; soft tissue necrosis; clostridial myonecrosis.

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