Open fracture, diabetes and neglection: A recipe for gas gangrene – A case report
Dr. Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu
Gas gangrene is a sinister infection that often results in serious limb morbidity and dismemberment of the extremity is the sole option in severe cases. The prevention and early, meticulous debridement may help modify the course of disease and prevent the condition in some instances. The knowledge of factors associated with increased risk is important to mitigate the problem of inappropriate assessment of the infection. The early decision of amputation, if salvage seems unlikely, proves critical in saving life of the patient. The associated condition of diabetes potentiates the presence of infection and compounds the problem. The occurrence of gas gangrene in the setting of fractures is limited to few reports or small series and as the incidence of the condition is on decline, its potential to occur in high risk group should not be taken lightly. We, hereby, present a case of severe gas gangrene of leg following fractures of both bones with small open wound that was neglected and led to fulminant infection with an untoward outcome.