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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 231738, 4 pages
Case Report

Clostridium septicum Empyema in an Immunocompetent Woman

1Infectious Disease Associates, 399 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054, USA
2Surgical Care Group, PC, 87 McGregor Street, Suite 3100, Notre Dame Pavilion, Manchester, NH 03102, USA
3Manchester Internal Medicine Associates, 1650 Elm Street, Suite 302, Manchester, NH 03101, USA

Received 4 February 2010; Accepted 23 March 2010

Academic Editor: Anthony W. Chow

Copyright © 2010 Alexander B. Granok et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report a case of a Clostridium septicum empyema in an immunocompetent woman following operation for an incarcerated internal hernia. The patient was successfully treated with pleural decortication and an extended course of postoperative antibiotics. This is the first report of such an infection in the medical literature.