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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-59

Iatrogenic infection of Clostridium welchii following intramuscular injection of sodium diclofenac


1 Department of Microbiology, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Bangalore, India

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Hemavathi Sathyanarayana
Department of Microbiology, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Bangalore
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2727.115924

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Injection site abscess is an iatrogenic infection. Intramuscular (IM) injection is a common route to administer medication. Microorganisms known to cause injection site abscess are Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, Escherichia coli commonly, Atypical mycobacteria, Clostridium species rarely. Gas gangrene is a necrotic infection of soft tissue with high mortality, often necessitating amputation in order to control the infection. Here, presenting a case of gas gangrene in a 19-year-old healthy male, who developed a life-threatening infection after IM injection of sodium diclofenac. Prompt clinical diagnosis, laboratory support, and timely surgical intervention saved the patient's life.


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