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Fatal outcome of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae bacteremia in a patient with oropharyngeal cancer.
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PMID:  10870336     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bacteremia due to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is rare; the most common presentation reported in the literature is endocarditis. We report a 32-year-old man with oropharyngeal cancer who developed aspiration pneumonia and E. rhusiopathiae bacteremia, and presented with fever, chills, dyspnea, and productive cough with purulent sputum. Despite treatment with amoxicillin/clavulanate and nutritional support for 9 days, he died of respiratory failure. He had no clinical evidence of endocarditis. He had no history of animal or occupational exposure, and might have been colonized with E. rhusiopathiae in the oral cavity, followed by aspiration pneumonia and bacteremia. A fatal outcome in a patient with bacteremia due to E. rhusiopathiae without endocarditis is rare.
W H Sheng; P R Hsueh; C C Hung; C T Fang; S C Chang; K T Luh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0929-6646     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Formos. Med. Assoc.     Publication Date:  2000 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-14     Completed Date:  2000-07-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9214933     Medline TA:  J Formos Med Assoc     Country:  CHINA (REPUBLIC: 1949- )    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  431-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Bacteremia / drug therapy,  etiology*
Erysipelothrix / drug effects
Erysipelothrix Infections / drug therapy,  etiology*
Fatal Outcome
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Oropharyngeal Neoplasms / complications*

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