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Listeria septicaemia following insertion of a dynamic hip screw: A case report and literature review.
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PMID:  22706298     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Listeria monocytogenes is a food borne bacterial pathogen which is rarely encountered in the United Kingdom. This rare and potentially life threatening infection has a high mortality rate and therefore requires early antimicrobial intervention.
PRESENTATION OF CASE: A case report of a patient who developed Listeria septicaemia following insertion of a dynamic hip screw is described. This 84 year old immunocompromised lady had a mechanical fall at home, from which she sustained a left neck of femur fracture. She had a background of rheumatoid arthritis, and for the last 10 years had been taking 5mg prednisolone daily. After early surgical intervention with a dynamic hip screw, she developed Listeria septicaemia, following which she was treated successfully with ampicillin and gentamicin.
DISCUSSION: Infection with unusual pathogens is not uncommon amongst immunocompromised patients. Regardless of the cause, this cohort of patients' requires increased post operative surveillance to ensure that such a complication does not go unnoticed.
CONCLUSION: This case report demonstrates the importance of having a low threshold for investigation in immunocompromised patients whilst also stressing the significance of early diagnosis and intervention.
Shafiq Arif Shahban; Natarajan Manjula; Shabih Siddiqui
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-06-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of surgery case reports     Volume:  3     ISSN:  2210-2612     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Surg Case Rep     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-17     Completed Date:  2012-10-02     Revised Date:  2013-02-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101529872     Medline TA:  Int J Surg Case Rep     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  448-50     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Surgical Associates Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Academic FY2, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, LE1 5WW, UK.
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