Clinical Clues to Diagnosis of Anaerobic Infections

Infections caused by anaerobic bacteria are common and may be serious and life-threatening. Anaerobes are the predominant components of the bacterial flora of normal human skin and mucous membranes, and are therefore a common cause of bacterial infections of endogenous origin. Infections due to anaerobic bacteria can evolve all body systems and sites 1 . The predominant ones include abdominal, pelvic, respiratory, and skin and soft tissues infections. Because of their fastidious nature, they...