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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 8217296, 5 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/8217296
Case Report

Uterine Sarcoma Presenting with Sepsis from Clostridium perfringens Endometritis in a Postmenopausal Woman

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI 53792, USA
2Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI 53792, USA
3Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI 53792, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Ryan J. Spencer; ude.csiw@2recnepsjr

Received 8 January 2018; Accepted 12 March 2018; Published 16 April 2018

Academic Editor: Julio Rosa-e-Silva

Copyright © 2018 Mary J. Kao 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.

Abstract

Clostridium perfringens is an anaerobic gram positive rod that is found in normal vaginal and cervical flora in 1–10% of healthy women. Uterine infection with Clostridium perfringens is seen rarely but is often related to underlying uterine pathology and can progress quickly to sepsis. Early recognition of sepsis, prompt treatment with antibiotics, and source control with surgical management allow for optimal chance of recovery. We present a case of a postmenopausal woman who presented with sepsis, vaginal bleeding, and back pain who was found to have Clostridium perfringens infection in the setting of undifferentiated uterine sarcoma.