NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Mar 15 – Twenty-six cases of bacterial infections associated with musculoskeletal tissue allografts, including one fatal case, have been reported as of March 11th, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Writing in the March 15th issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC investigators describes the case of a 23-year-old man who underwent reconstructive knee surgery in Minnesota in November 2001. Three days after the procedure, the patient developed pain and shock and died the following day. Postmortem blood cultures grew Clostridium sordellii.
Of the 26 cases, 13 patients were infected with Clostridium sordellii, with 11 of these patients receiving tissue from the same tissue processor, the CDC reports. While not named by the CDC, most of the tissues apparently came from Georgia-based CryoLife Inc. (see Reuters Health report December 7, 2001)