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International Journal of Emergency Medicine

, 4:14

First Online: 14 April 2011Received: 13 March 2011Accepted: 14 April 2011

Abstract

Diabetic foot wounds represent a class of chronic non-healing wounds that can lead to the development of soft tissue infections and osteomyelitis. We reviewed the case of a 44-year-old female with a diabetic foot wound who developed gas gangrene while treating her wound with tea tree oil, a naturally derived antibiotic agent. This case report includes images that represent clinical examination and x-ray findings of a patient who required broad-spectrum antibiotics and emergent surgical consultation. Emergency Department ED detection of these complications may prevent loss of life or limb in these patients.

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Author: Derek R Cooney - Norma L Cooney

Source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1865-1380-4-14







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