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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0320102839.
Published online 2010 October 28. doi:  10.1136/bcr.03.2010.2839
PMCID: PMC3029328
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Non-traumatic gas gangrene presenting as left buttock and thigh pain in a patient with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer

Abstract

We report a case of Clostridium septicum myonecrosis in a patient with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer receiving palliative chemotherapy. This is a rare but important differential diagnosis in patients with known malignancy presenting with acute pain. It is critical that the diagnosis is considered and confirmed promptly due to rapid deterioration and a potentially fatal outcome in the absence of aggressive treatment.


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