Gas composition in Clostridium septicum gas gangrene.

C. H. Chi, K. W. Chen, J. J. Huang, Y. C. Chuang, M. H. Wu

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Clostridial gas gangrene (myonecrosis) is a rare but catastrophic condition that usually occurs in patients with underlying diseases. This paper reports a fatal case of spontaneous clostridial gas gangrene in a 60-year-old female diabetic patient. The composition of gas samples from the patient's damaged muscle was analyzed. The results showed 5.9% hydrogen, 3.4% carbon dioxide, 74.5% nitrogen and 16.1% oxygen. This gas composition supports the belief that such gas production occurs via glucose fermentation. This is the first time such an analysis has been performed in a clinical case of spontaneous clostridial gas gangrene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-759
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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