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Gas gangrene of the breast: management of a potential life-threatening infection

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Gas gangrene of the breast is a rare infection and potentially mortal.

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We report a case of a fast extension of a painful right breast erythema whose starting point was a right parasternal cutaneous abscess. A diagnosis of gas gangrene of the right breast was made. A right mammectomy was carried out in Emergency and an antibiotherapy adapted to the germs was given.


Mixed anaerobic and aerobic florae are often responsible for the infection. Its medico-surgical management is an emergency.

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Delotte, J., Karimdjee, B.S., Cua, E. et al. Gas gangrene of the breast: management of a potential life-threatening infection. Arch Gynecol Obstet 279, 79–81 (2009).

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