Infectious Disease Compendium

Necrotizing Enteritis

Diagnosis

Acute necrotizing bloody diarrhea then sepsis and death from bowel necrosis.

Epidemiologic Risks

After eating large, whole cooked pigs. Mmmmmm. Pork. Although I believe cat is the other white meat.

Microbiology

Due to eating the toxins of Clostridium perfringens type C.

Empiric Therapy

Supportive and antiserum; as it is a preformed toxin antibiotics will not treat the Clostridia, but broad spectrum therapy for polymicrobial peritonitis may help support the patient.

Pearls

Rants

ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)

necrotizing (acute) (membranous) 557.0.