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May 1951

INTRAOCULAR INFECTION WITH THE GAS-FORMING BACILLUS CLOSTRIDIUM WELCHIIReport of a Case

Author Affiliations

CLEVELAND
From the Cleveland Clinic and the Frank E. Bunts Educational Institute.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;45(5):528-530. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700010540004
Abstract

A CASE of panophthalmitis due to the gas-forming organism Clostridium welchii (Clostridium perfringens) was reported in this country by Berry in 1932.1 Since then four cases have been added to the American literature2 and 23 to the foreign.3 The report by Klüver and O'Brien2b gives an adequate review of the foreign literature up to 1936 and of the laboratory identification of the Cl. welchii bacillus.

REPORT OF CASE  A laborer aged 27 was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital on Nov. 24, 1950. The personal and medical histories were noncontributory.Twenty-eight hours prior to admission the patient had been struck in the left eye by a small fragment from the inside cement framework of a cellar window on which he was chipping with a hammer and chisel. The window was opened only for coal deliveries. He was not conscious of discomfort until three hours later, when

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