Spontaneous gas gangrene of the lower limb in a patient with rectal cancer: A fatal diagnostic pitfall

Clin Case Rep. 2022 Sep 14;10(9):e6311. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.6311. eCollection 2022 Sep.


Spontaneous gas gangrene of lower limb is rare. It may complicate digestive cancer or neutropenia. We report a case of spontaneous gas gangrene of the lower limb complicating a rectal cancer, initially diagnosed as deep vein thrombosis. The diagnostic delay was fatal.

Keywords: delayed diagnosis; gas gangrene; rectal neoplasms.

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