Clostridium septicum aortitis with synchronous ascending colon and rectal adenocarcinoma

Authors Deepanshu Jain, Andrew C. Kistler, Patricia Kozuch.


Clostridium septicum (C. septicum) aortitis is a rare condition frequently associated with colon adenocarcinoma and carries a poor prognosis. We report the case of a 66-year-old man who presented with abdominal pain, blood in the stool, fever and chills. Laboratory tests were significant for leukocytosis and microcytic anemia. Abdominal imaging revealed a right colon mass and aortitis. Colonoscopy confirmed the right colon mass and also discovered a rectal mass, both adenocarcinomas. Treatment consisted of antibiotics, aortic repair, right hemi-colectomy and later trans-anal excision of the rectal mass. Blood cultures and the aortic specimen grew C. septicum. The patient improved and was doing well in follow up.

Keywords Clostridium septicum, aortitis, colorectal adenocarcinoma

Ann Gastroenterol 2017; 30 (4): 468-470

Case Report