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Summary: An 8-year-old boy presented with fulminant necrotizing infection resembling gas gangrene following penetrating trauma from a tree branch. Bacillus cereus was isolated from tissue specimens, showing that unexpected pathogens can be isolated. It is essential to submit specimens for culture, as this organism is typically resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics and metronidazole, the empiric choice for gas gangrene.

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