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Retroperitoneal Gas Gangrene Complicating Elective Inguinal Hernia Repair
  1. Dr A Privitera, MD, Senior House Officer in Surgery1,
  2. Maj D P Edwards, ChM FRCSEd, Specialist Registrar in Surgery1 and
  3. Mr C Cunningham, MD FRCSEd, Consultant Surgeon1
  1. 1Department of Colorectal Surgery, Level 2, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU


Gas gangrene is a well recognised complication of contaminated military wounds. A case of Clostridial myonecrosis following elective inguinal hernia repair is described. The pathology, clinical features and management of this life-threatening condition are reviewed.

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