Journal article

Recurrent crepitant cellulitis caused by Clostridium perfringens

P Bryant, J Carapetis, J Matussek, N Curtis

PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE JOURNAL | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2002

Abstract

A previously healthy 13-year-old boy developed extensive subcutaneous emphysema of the lower limb after a penetrating injury to the knee. Clostridium perfringens was isolated from the wound. Despite surgical debridement and appropriate antibiotics, the emphysema recurred, and prolonged antibiotic treatment was required. This case highlights the distinction between gas gangrene and the lesser known entity of clostridial crepitant cellulitis.