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Safa Edagiz, Phil Lagace-Wiens, John Embil, James Karlowsky, Andrew Walkty, "Empyema Caused by Clostridium bifermentans: A Case Report", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 26, Article ID 481076, 3 pages, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/481076
Empyema Caused by Clostridium bifermentans: A Case Report
A case of pneumonia with associated empyema caused by Clostridium bifermentans is described. C bifermentans is an anaerobic, spore-forming, Gram-positive bacillus. This organism is infrequently reported as a cause of infection in humans, and older publications tended to regard it as nonpathogenic. However, in more recent reports, C bifermentans has been documented as a cause of septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, soft tissue infection, abdominal infections, brain abscess, bacteremia and endocarditis. The present case is the third reported case of empyema caused by C bifermentans, and it serves to further define the spectrum of illness due to this uncommon organism.
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