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Gas gangrene

Also known as Clostridial Myonecrosis

Gas gangrene (also known as "Clostridial myonecrosis", and "Myonecrosis") is a bacterial infection that produces gas in tissues in gangrene. It is a deadly form of gangrene usually caused by Clostridium perfringens bacteria. It is a medical emergency.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with gas gangrene, 100% report having sharp abdominal pain, 32% report having preoccupation with sex, and 32% report having wrist cramps or spasms. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of gas gangrene are sharp abdominal pain, shoulder cramps or spasms, joint stiffness or tightness, and knee lump or mass, although you may still have gas gangrene without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with gas gangrene often receive corneal transplant, transurethral resection of prostate (turp), coronary thrombolysis, control of epistaxis, ct scan abdomen, procedures on spleen, bone marrow transplant and removal of ectopic pregnancy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with gas gangrene include meropenem, chlorpheniramine / phenindamine / phenylpropanolamine, air, mecamylamine, troleandomycin, indium oxyquinoline in-111 (indium in-111 oxyquinoline), pipecuronium (arduan), grepafloxacin (raxar), rabbit anti-human t-lymphocyte globulin (thymoglobulin), iopanoic acid, conjugated estrogens topical, malathion topical and gemtuzumab (mylotarg) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for gas gangrene include age 1-4 years, sex == female and race/ethnicity = white.

Age

< 1 years
1.4x
1-4 years
15.5x
5-14 years
0.5x
15-29 years
0.2x
30-44 years
0.2x
45-59 years
0.2x
60-74 years
0.3x
75+ years
0.5x

Sex

Male
0.1x
Female
1.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.2x
Hispanic
0.3x
White
1.6x
Other
0.9x
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