Symmetrical peripheral gangrene (purpura fulminans) complicating pneumococcal sepsis.


Bacterial sepsis is only infrequently accompanied by peripheral ischemia. However, we have managed 10 patients with symmetrical peripheral gangrene (purpura fulminans) accompanying pneumococcal sepsis (Streptococcus pneumoniae) during the past 15 years at a single institution. In only two (20%) of these patients could vasoconstrictor administration be… (More)