Primary Gas Gangrene of the Pancreas: Report of a Case

Toru Ikegami, Akinori Kido, Hidehiko Shimokawa, Teruyoshi Ishida

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Spontaneous gas gangrene of the pancreas, caused by an infection of Clostridium perfringens, is an extremely rare but severe form of acute pancreatitis. A 67-year-old man complaining of severe epigastric pain with diffuse guarding underwent an emergency laparotomy. During surgery, hemorrhagic pancreatic necrosis was observed with a large amount of peripancreatic gas. Cultures demonstrated C. perfringens. The identification of hemolysis and the accumulation of peripancreatic gas on computed tomography, which were both caused by an infection of C. perfringens, led us to make a diagnosis of clostridial infection of the pancreas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-81
Number of pages2
JournalSurgery today
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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