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April 1974

Nonclostridial Gas-Forming Infections: A Collective Review and Report of Seven Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Marion County General Hospital, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(4):552-557. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350280154025

In contrast to gas gangrene, there is confusion regarding the nature, proper classification, and virulent potential of other gasforming infections. Experience with seven cases in a brief period of time confirmed our impression that these infections are associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Since the presence of gas results from anaerobic metabolic conditions, it is an ominous clinical sign indicating the need for immediate, radical debridement.