Fatal Clostridium perfringens sepsis. Following malignant hemangioendothelioma of scalp

F. D. Lowy, H. B. Tanowitz, M. Fisher

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Clostridium perfringens septicemia has been reported as a life-threatening infectious complication of metastic tumors. These reports have infrequently included localized tumors of the skin. We report a case of fatal C. perfringens sepsis occurring in a patient with a malignant hemangioendothelioma of the scalp. The septicemia developed several days following a punch biopsy of the tumor. The possible association between minor surgical procedures and subsequent clostridial infections has been presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)808-810
Number of pages3
JournalNew York State Journal of Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1980


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