Clostridium ramosum

  • General information

    • the following information is not yet verified
      Family: Clostridiaceae

      Natural habitats
      Ubiquitous in nature, being found in the soil and feces from animals and human.

      Isolated from infants and adult feces.

      They may be found in other parts of the human body.

      Clinical significance
      The 2 most frequently encountered in wound and abscess materials are C. perfringens and C. ramosum.

      C. ramosum is not consisered a pathogen, or a causative agent of disease, unless you are very young or your immunesystem is compromised.

      Typically, this bacteria causes ear infection in young children or bacteremia in adults.

      Infections of the abdominal cavity, genital tract, lung, biliary tract and blood cultures.

  • Gram stain

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      Gram positive/negative straight rods,

      0.5-0.9 x 2.0-12.8 µm,

      occuring singly, in pairs or in short chains, often in "V"arrangements, with a "rail fence" appearance, or in irregular masses.

      Cells may have central or terminal swelling up to 1.6 µm in width.

      Gram positive slender and longer rods.

      Gram stain, often Gram negative.

      Spores are very rarely seen
      Spores round/oval // terminal
      Swelling of the cell positive

  • Culture characteristics

    • the following information is not yet verified

      obligate anaerobic

      Colonies are 0.5-2 mm in diameter, circular to slightly irregular, convex or raised, colorless to greay-white, translucent or semiopaque and smooth, scalloped or erose margin and a mottled, mosaic or granular internal structure. Nonhemolytic.

  • Characteristics

  • References

    • James Versalovic et al.(2011) Manual of Clinical Microbiology 10th Edition

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