Clostridium septicum: An Unusual Link to a Lower Gastrointestinal Bleed

Kegan Jessamy, Fidelis O. Ojevwe, Ezinnaya Ubagharaji, Anuj Sharma, Obiajulu Anozie, Christy Ann Gilman, Sekou Rawlins

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Abstract

Clostridium septicum is a highly virulent pathogen which is associated with colorectal malignancy, hematological malignancy, immunosuppression, diabetes mellitus and cyclical neutropenia. Presentation may include disseminated clostridial infection in the form of septicemia, gas gangrene, and mycotic aortic aneurysms. We report the case of a 62-year-old female presenting with necrotizing fasciitis of her left thigh and subsequently developing rectal bleeding. While she was being treated with empiric antibiotics, her blood culture was found to be positive for C. septicum. We would like to highlight the importance of early colorectal cancer screening in minimizing the occurrence of undetected tumors which provide an optimal growth environment for C. septicum, leading to localized and/or remote infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-493
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Gastroenterology
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology

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