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The clinical spectrum of Clostridium sordellii bacteraemia: two case reports and a review of the literature
  1. Aza Abdulla1,
  2. Lian Yee2
  1. 1Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Orpington Hospital, Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 9JU, UK
  2. 2Department of Medicine and Elderly Care, Department of Microbiology, Mid-Staffordshire General Hospitals Trust, Stafford ST16, UK
  1. Dr Yee


Clostridium sordellii is rarely associated with disease in humans. Since its first report in 1922 only a few cases of bacteraemia have been reported. This report describes two cases of C sordellii bacteraemia; the oldest and youngest patients reported to date. The first, is a previously well 81 year old woman presented with perianal infection, which was later complicated by thrombosis of the aorta, and the second is a 12 year old boy with epilepsy who presented with an ear infection. These cases are also highlighted to demonstrate the wide spectrum of presentation of sordellii bacteraemia.

  • Clostridium sordellii
  • bacteraemia
  • aortic thrombosis
  • acute renal failure
  • renal cortical necrosis

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