West Indian Medical Journal
Print version ISSN 0043-3144
ZELIć, M et al. Endogenous gas gangrene after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. West Indian med. j. [online]. 2011, vol.60, n.1, pp. 96-98. ISSN 0043-3144.
Clostridial gas gangrene of the abdominal wall is rare, and it is usually associated with organ perforation, immunosuppression or gastrointestinal malignancies. In this paper, we present a case of fulminant, endogenous gas gangrene in a 58-year old diabetic female with arterial hypertension and atherosclerosis, following uneventful laparoscopic cholecystectomy. She developed gas gangrene of the abdominal wall 12-hours after cholecystectomy and died 24-hours after the onset of the first symptoms, in spite oftreatment.
Keywords : Cholecystectomy; clostridial infection; non-traumatic gas gangrene.