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April 20, 1963

Gas Gangrene After Intramuscular Injection

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London, England

JAMA. 1963;184(3):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700160126026

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To the Editor:  —In (JAMA181:901 [Sept 8] 1962) an article by Dr. Edward S. Brewster entitled, "Gas Gangrene Following an Intramuscular Injection of Concentrated Liver Extract" describes what is believed to be the second case of gas gangrene occurring after parenteral injection, in the United States. In a survey of the world medical literature the author refers to only two cases from Great Britain, reported in 1946 and 1956.In view of the rarity but extreme gravity of this condition, we would draw attention to our case described in 1953, "Clostridial Myositis Associated with Injections of Sodium Sulphathiazole" (Brit Med J1:429, 1953).

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