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Clostridium novyi/septicum

Test Code: 203198
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Clinical Utility

This assay is only available as part of a panel and cannot be ordered individually.

Clostridium novyi (found in soil and feces) and Clostridium septicum (found in normal gut flora) are gram-positive, endospore-forming, obligate anaerobic bacteria. Wound infection by this species causes gas gangrene and can be fatal.*  Isolating and identifying C. novyi is difficult due to its extreme anaerobic nature and is difficult to culture.

 

* Hatheway CL (January 1990). "Toxigenic clostridia". Clinical Microbiology Reviews. 3 (1): 66 98. PMC 358141. PMID 2404569.

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