Clostridium Perfringes (GPR)

Etiology

  • Anaerobic gram positive rod
  • Most common cause food born diarrhea→ undercooked meat, other who ate same ill simultaneously, resolves in 24h
  • Can contribute to necrotizing fasciitis
  • Also intra-abdominal infections, hepato-biliary abscess

Symptoms

  • Cramps
  • NEC in neonates
  • Diarrhea, 6-18h after ingestion
  • Abdominal or pelvic area pain w/abscess
  • Bacteremia associated with rapid clinical deterioration and death if source control not achieved and abx not provided promptly
  • Hemolytic anemia (intravascular)

Physical Exam Findings

  • Deep tissue infection from necrotizing faciitis
  • Abdominal pain if abd/pv infection

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