Necrotizing pneumonia and empyema due to Clostridium perfringens. Report of a case and review of the literature.


Clostridia are rare causes of pleuropulmonary infections in the absence of penetrating chest injuries; only 10 previous cases have been reported from civilian practice. An additional case of a rapidly progressive, necrotizing pneumonia and empyema is reported. Clostridial pneumonia is more likely to occur in patients with underlying pleuropulmonary disease… (More)


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