Fulminant gas gangrene in an adolescent: A case report pointing out importance of early diagnosis in survival of the patient
Dr. Anu Sharma, Dr. Sonal Agarwal, Dr. KV Ingole
Gas gangrene or Clostridial myonecrosis is necrotic infection of skin and soft tissue caused by Cl. Perfringens. Tissue necrosis is due to exotoxins produced by these organisms. Classical finding in the patient with gas gangrene is gas under the skin (crepitus), change in colour of area with foul smelling discharge. On microscopy gram positive bacilli without spores are seen with no pus cells showing absence of inflammation. Rapid diagnosis of the infection may help in favorable patient outcome and prevent life threatening complications.