Vincent's infection

Presentation

Appropriate Tests

 

Acute necrotising infection usually caused by a combination of anaerobes, especially Fusobacterium nucleatum and Bacteroides spp.

Diagnosis is made clinically and by characteristic Gram stain of appropriate specimens.

Anaerobic cultures may provide supportive evidence.

Vincent's angina (pharyngitis)

Throat swab.

Vincent's stomatitis (trench mouth)

Debrided gingival scrapings - Gram stain and anaerobic culture.