Bacillus cereus necrotizing cellulitis mimicking clostridial myonecrosis: case report and review of the literature

Scand J Infect Dis. 1997;29(5):528-9. doi: 10.3109/00365549709011872.


We describe a case of rapidly progressive necrotizing cellulitis in an immunocompromised farmer caused by Bacillus cereus, and review 15 additional cases of serious soft tissue infection due to this organism reported in the English language literature. These cases illustrate the potential for B. cereus to cause fulminant soft tissue disease indistinguishable from that caused by clostridia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacillaceae Infections / diagnosis*
  • Bacillaceae Infections / immunology
  • Bacillus cereus / isolation & purification*
  • Cellulitis / immunology
  • Cellulitis / microbiology*
  • Clostridium Infections / diagnosis*
  • Clostridium Infections / immunology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Necrosis
  • Soft Tissue Infections / immunology
  • Soft Tissue Infections / microbiology