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Cases Journal

, 2:50

First Online: 14 January 2009Received: 04 December 2008Accepted: 14 January 2009DOI: 10.1186-1757-1626-2-50

Cite this article as: Palmacci, C., Antocicco, M., Bonomo, L. et al. Cases Journal 2009 2: 50. doi:10.1186-1757-1626-2-50


Clostridia are uncommon causes of pleuropulmonary infection. Clostridial species infecting the pleuropulmonary structures characteristically cause a necrotizing pneumonia with involvement of the pleura. Most cases have iatrogenic causes usually due to invasive procedures into the pleural cavity, such as thoracentesis or thoracotomy, or penetrating chest injuries. Rarely clostridia pleuropulmonary infections are not related to these factors. The clinical course of pleuropulmonary clostridial infections can be very variable, but they may be rapid and fatal. We report a rare case of necrotizing pneumonia and sepsis due to Clostridium perfringens not related to iatrogenic causes or injuries in an 82 years old woman.

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Author: Cristina Palmacci - Manuela Antocicco - Lorenzo Bonomo - Fabio Maggi - Alberto Cocchi - Graziano Onder


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