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  1. Bacteria Associated with Subcutaneous Abscesses of Cattle Caused by Hypoderma spp Larvae in North of Iran

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    Hossein Tajik


    Full Text Available This study was performed from February to April 2006; several visits were made to abattoirs in the north of Iran for Hypoderma spp infestation. Necropsy inspection of slaughtered and skinned animals were carried out by examination of the inner skin surface and subcutaneous tissues. Warbles were isolated by squeezing nodules from subcutaneous tissues. In the case of abscess presence, aseptic sample were taken from abscesses. The parasitological and bacteriological examinations were performed on the samples. The results indicated that 104 out of 958 of slaughtered animals were infested to Hypoderma spp in which 48 (46.15 %, 34 (32.69 % and 22 (21.15 % were infested to Hypoderma bovis, Hypoderma lineatum and both species, respectively. Following bacterial analysis, the following bacteria were isolated: Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Klebsiella pneumonia.

  2. Mediastinal, subcutaneous and multiple muscular abscesses caused by group B streptococcus serotype VIII in a type 2 diabetes mellitus patient. (United States)

    Omura, Yuka; Kusama, Yoshiki; Takeuchi, Noriko; Ishiwada, Naruhiko


    We report a case of mediastinal subcutaneous and multiple muscular abscesses caused by group B streptococcus serotype VIII in a type 2 diabetes mellitus patient. The patient arrived at the hospital with the chief complaint of immobility, and blood examination results suggested an acute infection and poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. Group B streptococcal bacteria were cultured from the patient's blood, and identified as serotype VIII upon further analysis. The patient recovered without any sequelae after percutaneous drainage, antibiotic therapy, and intensive glycemic control. Although the incidence of group B streptococcal infection in non-pregnant adults has recently increased in many developed countries, information on serotype VIII infection is quite limited. The reason is that serotype VIII group B streptococci are a Japan-specific serotype, and rarely cause invasive infections, even in Japan. Therefore, further surveillance and case reports should be documented in the future. Copyright © 2017 Japanese Society of Chemotherapy and The Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Renal abscess caused by Brucella

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    Jun Li


    Full Text Available Involvement of the renal parenchyma in the acute phase of brucellosis is very rare. Only two cases of renal brucelloma have been reported in the English language literature to date. We report a case of renal abscess caused by Brucella in the acute phase. A 45-year-old Chinese man presented with a high fever, urine occult blood, and a low density lesion in the right kidney. Ultrasound-guided aspiration was done. Brucella melitensis was isolated from both blood and puncture fluid culture. Minocycline combined with moxifloxacin was prescribed for 4 months. The infection relapsed at 6 months after discontinuation. Minocycline combined with rifampin was administered for another 2 months. The brucellosis had not relapsed at more than 20 months later. It is possible to cure renal brucelloma with antibiotics and ultrasound-guided aspiration. Treatment should not be discontinued until the abscess has disappeared and two consecutive blood cultures taken 1 month apart are negative.

  4. Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis on the scrotum caused by Exophiala jeanselmei: case report. (United States)

    Rossetto, André Luiz; Dellatorre, Gerson; Pérsio, Renan André; Romeiro, José Ceciliano de Menezes; Cruz, Rosana Cé Bella


    Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis is a disease caused by dematiaceous fungi that develops mainly in immunocompromised patients. Lesions are generally located on the lower limbs. The present report describes a case of phaeohyphomycosis in an immunocompetent patient in whom a subcutaneous abscess was located in an unusual site, on the left hemiscrotum. The abscess was treated successfully with oral fluconazole associated with surgical excision.

  5. Submasseteric Abscess Caused by Mycoplasma salivarium Infection▿


    Grisold, Andrea J.; Hoenigl, Martin; Leitner, Eva; Jakse, Klaus; Feierl, Gebhard; Raggam, Reinhard B.; Marth, Egon


    Mycoplasma salivarium preferentially resides in the human oral cavity. Unlike other Mycoplasma species, M. salivarium has not been regarded as a pathogen, although one case of M. salivarium-caused arthritis in a patient with hypogammaglobulinemia has been reported. We describe the first case of submasseteric abscess caused by M. salivarium.

  6. Submasseteric abscess caused by Mycoplasma salivarium infection. (United States)

    Grisold, Andrea J; Hoenigl, Martin; Leitner, Eva; Jakse, Klaus; Feierl, Gebhard; Raggam, Reinhard B; Marth, Egon


    Mycoplasma salivarium preferentially resides in the human oral cavity. Unlike other Mycoplasma species, M. salivarium has not been regarded as a pathogen, although one case of M. salivarium-caused arthritis in a patient with hypogammaglobulinemia has been reported. We describe the first case of submasseteric abscess caused by M. salivarium.

  7. Paravertebral Abscess Caused by Bukholderia Pseudomallei in

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    S Ahmad


    Full Text Available A 53-year-old Malay man was admitted with intestinal obstruction, fever and lower limb weakness. Initial clinical impression was myelitis causing paralytic ilues and paraperesis. Blood culture showed Burkholderia pseudomallei infection and subsequent MRI showed paravertebral abscess. This case highlights a rare manifestation of melioidosis involving the spine and difficulties in establishing the diagnosis.

  8. A breast abscess caused by Actinomyces radingae

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    Martine Hoogewerf, Gwen M.P. Diepenhorst, Hannah Visser, Edgar J. Peters, Karin van Dijk


    Full Text Available Actinomyces radingae is a rare isolate in clinical specimens. We describe a case of a postmenopausal woman presenting with a breast abscess caused by A. radingae. To our knowledge, this is the second description of a case of a breast infection due to this pathogen. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2016;6(2: 84-86

  9. De Garengeot hernia with perforated appendicitis and a groin subcutaneous abscess: A case report

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    Hiroaki Mashima


    Conclusion: Here, we described a case of de Garengeot hernia with a subcutaneous abscess in the groin. Clinicians should consider de Garengeot hernia in patients with a groin hernia, make an early diagnosis, and promptly provide surgical treatment to reduce the risk of complications.

  10. Minimally invasive drainage of subcutaneous abscesses reduces hospital cost and length of stay. (United States)

    Wright, Tiffany N; Gilligan, Leah; Zhurbich, Oksana; Davenport, Daniel L; Draus, John M


    We compared outcomes among pediatric patients managed with minimally invasive (MI) packing techniques with those managed with traditional packing techniques for drainage of subcutaneous abscesses. After institutional review board approval, medical records of children requiring drainage of subcutaneous abscesses between January 2010 and June 2011 were reviewed. Data were collected on patient demographics, abscess location, surgical procedure, microbiology cultures, and hospital length of stay (LOS). The hospital accounting system was queried for direct and indirect costs. We compared LOS and cost data among groups managed with MI versus traditional packing techniques. Incision and drainage was performed on 329 children (57.8% girls, 72% white, mean age of 43 months [range costs decreased with the transition to the MI technique (P costs and a $385 reduction in median indirect costs (P costs and LOS in our patient population.

  11. Breast abscess caused by penicillin resistant Pneumococci

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    Boppe Appalaraju


    Full Text Available Breast abscess is mostly caused by Staphylococcus aureus. A 26-year-old immunocompetent lady was admitted with breast abscess. Incision and drainage (I/D was done and Pneumococci were isolated from the drained pus. The patient was earlier treated with Augmentin which was later changed to linezolid after testing for antibiotic susceptibility. This strain showed a high level of resistance to penicillin. It had been noticed that there was a slow increase in the number of penicillin resistant Pneumococci isolated in our hospitals. The increase in penicillin-resistant Pneumococci correlates with the intensive use of beta-lactam antibiotics. Hence, antibiotics should be used judiciously, avoiding their use particularly in mild self-limiting upper respiratory infections. Attention therefore, should focus on monitoring resistance in Pneumococci to prevent mortality and morbidity associated with this organism, which continues to take a heavy toll on children and the elderly.

  12. Primary brain abscess caused by Nocardia otitidiscaviarum. (United States)

    Ishihara, Masaki; Takada, Daikei; Sugimoto, Keiji; Oguro, Hiroaki; Gonoi, Tohru; Akiyama, Yasuhiko; Yamaguchi, Shuhei


    Diagnosing primary cerebral nocardiosis is difficult. This case report describes a 79-year-old immunocompetent Japanese woman with a primary brain abscess caused by Nocardia otitidiscaviarum (IFM 11321) and reviews the findings of 11 previous patients with N. otitidiscaviarum-induced brain abscesses. Four patients survived, including ours. Beta-lactams were not effective in our patient, and the diagnosis required a pathologic analysis of the surgical specimen. Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (ST) was administered to the patient. On antibiotic susceptibility testing, N. otitidiscaviarum (IFM11321) was found to be resistant to amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, ceftriaxone, cefotaxime, cefepime, imipenem and clarithromycin, but sensitive to amikacin, gentamicin, ST and linezolid. Antimicrobial susceptibility patterns differ among Nocardia species, making species identification important for treatment. Patients with suspected Nocardia infection should therefore be treated empirically with ST and/or amikacin and considered for surgical management.

  13. Subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst in the scapular region presenting as an acute abscess

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    L. Zhu


    Full Text Available Subcutaneous bronchogenic cysts in the scapular region are extremely rare entities, with only 17 cases reported so far in the literature. We present a case of a three year old boy who underwent an excision and drainage of what was preoperatively diagnosed as an abscess in the scapular region. Histological examination of the excised lesion showed a cystic space lined by respiratory epithelium with an inflammatory cell infiltrate, consistent with an inflamed bronchogenic cyst.

  14. Liver abscess caused by Salmonella choleraesuis. (United States)

    Kamatani, Takashi; Okada, Takemichi; Iguchi, Hiroyoshi; Takahashi, Yoshihito; Yokomori, Hiroaki


    A 65-year-old man with long-term alcohol abuse presented with intermittent fever. Abdominal computed tomography revealed multiple masses. Abscess blood and pus cultures conducted after percutaneous catheter drainage with pigtail catheters yielded Salmonella choleraesuis. Antibiotic treatment with meropenem was started using multiple catheters in the liver. Drainage catheters in different locations were exchanged several times with larger-bored catheters. After septicemia was detected, abscesses spread to the peritoneal cavity. Pleural complications developed. Antibiotic treatment, with careful drainage guided by ultrasound or computed tomography, controlled the abscesses and complications. This report describes the difficult clinical course and treatment of a liver abscess from S. choleraesuis.

  15. [Streptococcus intermedius: a rare cause of brain abscess in children]. (United States)

    Jouhadi, Z; Sadiki, H; Hafid, I; Najib, J


    Streptococcus intermedius is a member of the Streptococcus anginosus group, also known as the Streptococcus milleri group. Although this is a commensal agent of the mouth and upper airways, it has been recognized as an important pathogen in the formation of abscesses. However, it has rarely been involved in the formation of brain abscess in children. We report 4 pediatric cases of brain abscess caused by S. intermedius. Three boys and 1 girl, all aged over 2 years, were admitted for a febrile meningeal syndrome and seizures, caused by a S. intermedius brain abscess. Diagnosis was obtained by brain imaging combined with culture of cerebrospinal fluid. The outcome was favorable after antibiotic therapy and abscess puncture. S. intermedius should be considered a potential pathogen involved in the development of brain abscess in children. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier SAS.

  16. Liver abscess caused by Salmonella choleraesuis

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    Kamatani T


    Full Text Available Takashi Kamatani,1 Takemichi Okada,2 Hiroyoshi Iguchi,2 Yoshihito Takahashi,3 Hiroaki Yokomori1 1Department of Internal Medicine, 2Department of Radiology, 3Department of Surgery, Kitasato University Medical Center, Saitama, Japan Abstract: A 65-year-old man with long-term alcohol abuse presented with intermittent fever. Abdominal computed tomography revealed multiple masses. Abscess blood and pus cultures conducted after percutaneous catheter drainage with pigtail catheters yielded Salmonella choleraesuis. Antibiotic treatment with meropenem was started using multiple catheters in the liver. Drainage catheters in different locations were exchanged several times with larger-bored catheters. After septicemia was detected, abscesses spread to the peritoneal cavity. Pleural complications developed. Antibiotic treatment, with careful drainage guided by ultrasound or computed tomography, controlled the abscesses and complications. This report describes the difficult clinical course and treatment of a liver abscess from S. choleraesuis. Keywords: liver abscess, Salmonella choleraesuis, bacteremia, CT

  17. Thalamic abscess caused by a rare pathogen: streptococcus ...

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    Streptococcus constellatus is a microorganism that lives commensally in the oropharyngeal region, urogenital region, and intestinal tract. However, it can cause infection in patients with certain predisposing factors. Rarely, this microorganism can cause a brain abscess. Thalamic localization of brain abscesses is much rarer ...

  18. Multifocal scalp abscess with subcutaneous fat necrosis and scarring alopecia as a complication of scalp mesotherapy. (United States)

    Kadry, Razan; Hamadah, Issam; Al-Issa, Abdullah; Field, Lawrence; Alrabiah, Fahad


    Over the past several years, there has been a growing interest in the treatment method termed mesotherapy. Marketed for nonsurgical fat melting, skin rejuvenation, and hair regrowth, this technique has become increasingly popular and, in the public's view, it is considered to be a relatively benign intervention method. Mesotherapy was introduced over 50 years ago by M. Pistor, a French physician who utilized this technique initially as a novel analgesic therapeutic method for a variety of rheumatologic disorders. Since its introduction, the basic principal of locally injecting subcutaneous doses of varying chemicals has been expanded and is now utilized for the aforementioned cosmetic concerns. With its increased popularity, there has been an increase in the number of reported side effects resulting from mesotherapeutic intervention. We report multifocal scalp abscesses with subcutaneous fat necrosis as a direct result of mesotherapy; therefore, requiring extensive surgical repair.

  19. Pyogenic Liver Abscess Caused by Burkhoderia pseudomallei in Taiwan

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    Yu-Lin Lee


    Full Text Available Pyogenic liver abscess in Taiwan is a well-known disease entity, commonly associated with a single pathogen, Klebsiella pneumoniae. Melioidosis is an endemic disease in Taiwan that can manifest as multiple abscesses in sites including the liver. We report three cases of liver abscesses caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei. The first patient was a 54-year-old diabetic woman, who presented with liver abscess and a left subphrenic abscess resulting from a ruptured splenic abscess, co-infected with K. pneumoniae and B. pseudomallei. The second patient, a 58-year-old diabetic man, developed bacteremic pneumonia over the left lower lung due to B. pseudomallei with acute respiratory distress syndrome, and relapsed 5 months later with bacteremic abscesses of the liver, spleen, prostate and osteomyelitis, due to lack of compliance with prescribed antibiotic therapy. The third patient was a 61-year-old diabetic man with a history of travel to Thailand, who presented with jaundice and fever of unknown origin. Liver and splenic abscesses due to B. pseudomallei were diagnosed. A high clinical alertness to patients' travel history, underlying diseases, and the presence of concomitant splenic abscess is essential to early detection of the great mimicker, melioidosis. The treatment of choice is intravenous ceftazidime for at least 14 days or more. An adequate duration of maintenance oral therapy, with amoxicillin-clavulanate or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole for 12-20 weeks, is necessary to prevent relapse. Liver abscess in Taiwan is most commonly due to K. pneumoniae, but clinicians should keep in mind that this may be a presenting feature of melioidosis.

  20. Liver abscess caused by Salmonella choleraesuis


    Kamatani, Takashi; Okada, Takemichi; Iguchi, Hiroyoshi; Takahashi, Yoshihito; Yokomori, Hiroaki


    Takashi Kamatani,1 Takemichi Okada,2 Hiroyoshi Iguchi,2 Yoshihito Takahashi,3 Hiroaki Yokomori1 1Department of Internal Medicine, 2Department of Radiology, 3Department of Surgery, Kitasato University Medical Center, Saitama, Japan Abstract: A 65-year-old man with long-term alcohol abuse presented with intermittent fever. Abdominal computed tomography revealed multiple masses. Abscess blood and pus cultures conducted after percutaneous catheter drainage with pigtail catheters yielded Salmonel...

  1. A case of retropharyngeal abscess with spondylitis causing tetraplegia

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    Takeshi Kusunoki


    Full Text Available We report a case of retropharyngeal abscess with spondylitis causing tetraplegia. At a previous hospital, administration of antibiotics improved the inflammation findings. However, magnetic resonace imaging showed a remaining retropharyngeal abscess. This patient showed a disturbance of consciousness under this therapy. Therefore, he was admitted to our hospital and underwent a drainage operation. At 1 day after this operation, he recovered from the disturbance of consciousness.

  2. Porphyromonas gingivalis causing brain abscess in patient with recurrent periodontitis. (United States)

    Rae Yoo, Jeong; Taek Heo, Sang; Kim, Miyeon; Lee, Chang Sub; Kim, Young Ree


    We report an extremely rare case of Porphyromonas gingivalis causing brain abscess in a patient with recurrent periodontitis. The patient presented with right-sided homonymous hemianopsia and right hemiparesis. Emergent surgical drainage was performed and antibiotics were administered. P. gingivalis was identified from the anaerobic culture of the abscess. The clinical course of the patient improved with full recovery of the neurologic deficit. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Subcutaneous myiasis caused by Dermatobia hominis. (United States)

    Logar, J; Beović, B; Triller, C; Rakovec, S


    A case of subcutaneous myiasis caused by the larvae of the Dermatobia hominis fly is described, involving the ankle region of a 25-y-old man who had returned from Peru. After removal of 4 larvae from the affected sites, the lesions healed in 2 weeks without further treatment. Because of the increasing number of people travelling to tropical America, physicians in Slovenia will have to consider Dermatobia myiasis in the differential diagnosis of furuncular lesions in patients with a relevant travel history.

  4. Chronic and Recurrent Subareolar Abscess of the Breast from Underlying Causes

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    An, Jin Kyung; Kang, Jae Hee; Kim, Eun Kyung; Hong, Young Ok [Eulji University, Eulji Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    A subareolar abscess is the most common non-puerperal abscess of the breast. The main cause of a subareolar abscess is squamous metaplasia, which obstructs the lactiferous ducts and leads to the stasis of secretions and rupture of the ducts. However, there are other causes of subareolar abscess formation

  5. Brain abscess caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei

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    Padigione, A.; Spelman, D.; Ferris, N. [Alfred Hospital, Prahran, VIC (Australia)


    Full text: Melioidosis, or infection with Burkholderia pseudomallei, is an important human disease in South East Asia and Northern Australia. Neurological manifestations are well recognized amongst its protean presentations, but direct focal central nervous system infection is infrequently described with only 9 adult and 5 paediatric cases reported in the English language literature. A case of brain abscess due to Burkholderia pseudomallei occurring in a 20 year old Dutch visitor to Australia which progressed despite antibiotic treatment is described. A review of the clinical manifestations, Magnetic Resonance (MR) appearance, diagnosis and treatment of melioidosis is presented, highlighting that: (i) physicians outside endernic areas should consider melioidosis in any patient with an appropriate travel history, (ii) MR imaging is more sensitive then CT in diagnosing early brain infection, especially of the brainstem; (iii) Bacterial culture, the mainstay of diagnosis, has many shortcomings; (iv)In vitro antibiotic sensitivity testing may not translate into clinical efficacy; and (v) Steroids appear to have little role, even in severe disease.

  6. Epidural abscess caused by Streptococcus milleri in a pregnant woman. (United States)

    Lampen, Russell; Bearman, Gonzalo


    Bacteria in the Streptococcus milleri group (S. anginosus, S. constellatus, and S. intermedius) are associated with bacteremia and abscess formation. While most reports of Streptococcus milleri group (SMG) infection occur in patients with underlying medical conditions, SMG infections during pregnancy have been documented. However, SMG infections in pregnant women are associated with either neonatal or maternal puerperal sepsis. Albeit rare, S. milleri spinal-epidural abscess in pregnancy has been reported, always as a complication of spinal-epidural anesthesia. We report a case of spinal-epidural abscess caused by SMG in a young, pregnant woman without an antecedent history of spinal epidural anesthesia and without any underlying risk factors for invasive streptococcal disease. A 25 year old pregnant woman developed neurological symptoms consistent with spinal cord compression at 20 weeks gestation. She underwent emergency laminectomy for decompression and was treated with ceftriaxone 2 gm IV daily for 28 days. She was ambulatory at the time of discharge from the inpatient rehabilitation unit with residual lower extremity weakness. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a Streptococcus milleri epidural abscess in a healthy, pregnant woman with no history of epidural anesthesia or invasive procedures. This report adds to the body of literature on SMG invasive infections. Treatment of SMG spinal-epidural abscess with neurologic manifestations should include prompt and aggressive surgical decompression coupled with targeted anti-infective therapy.

  7. Epidural abscess caused by Streptococcus milleri in a pregnant woman

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    Bearman Gonzalo


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bacteria in the Streptococcus milleri group (S. anginosus, S. constellatus, and S. intermedius are associated with bacteremia and abscess formation. While most reports of Streptococcus milleri group (SMG infection occur in patients with underlying medical conditions, SMG infections during pregnancy have been documented. However, SMG infections in pregnant women are associated with either neonatal or maternal puerperal sepsis. Albeit rare, S. milleri spinal-epidural abscess in pregnancy has been reported, always as a complication of spinal-epidural anesthesia. We report a case of spinal-epidural abscess caused by SMG in a young, pregnant woman without an antecedent history of spinal epidural anesthesia and without any underlying risk factors for invasive streptococcal disease. Case presentation A 25 year old pregnant woman developed neurological symptoms consistent with spinal cord compression at 20 weeks gestation. She underwent emergency laminectomy for decompression and was treated with ceftriaxone 2 gm IV daily for 28 days. She was ambulatory at the time of discharge from the inpatient rehabilitation unit with residual lower extremity weakness. Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a Streptococcus milleri epidural abscess in a healthy, pregnant woman with no history of epidural anesthesia or invasive procedures. This report adds to the body of literature on SMG invasive infections. Treatment of SMG spinal-epidural abscess with neurologic manifestations should include prompt and aggressive surgical decompression coupled with targeted anti-infective therapy.

  8. Xanthogranulomatous appendicitis causing an endometrial abscess: radiological findings. (United States)

    Altay, Canan; Yavuz, Esra; Egeli, Tufan; Canda, Emre Aras; Sarioglu, Sulen; Secil, Mustafa


    Xanthogranulomatous inflammation (XGI) is a rare chronic inflammatory condition most commonly involving the kidneys and gallbladder. The condition is histopathologically characterized by the presence of foamy histiocytes, lymphocytes, and plasma cells. A few reports describing appendicitis caused by XGI have appeared in the English-language literature. However, no study has yet focused on the imaging features of xanthogranulomatous appendicitis (XGA). We present a pathologically confirmed case of XGA with an endometrial abscess; the patient underwent ultrasonography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of XGA with uterine and right adnexal involvement presenting as a complicated pelvic abscess on radiological imaging.

  9. Internal obturator muscle abscess caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae. (United States)

    Yahalom, G; Guranda, L; Meltzer, E


    Obturator internus muscle abscess is an infrequent form of pyomyositis. To date, this disease has been described almost exclusively in children and young adults, and in most cases the causative agents are Gram-positive bacteria. We present the first report of obturator internus muscle abscess caused by a highly antibiotic resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, in an elderly diabetic patient. Once considered very rare, Gram-negative pyomyositis is increasingly reported, and is an important concern in diabetic patients. Since pyomyositis can easily be missed if not considered, physicians should become familiar with this condition, and consider it in the differential diagnosis of septic diabetic patients.

  10. Puerperal sepsis caused by liver abscess: case report

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    Flávio Xavier Silva

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction: sepsis is a serious public health problem, affecting millions of people in the world each year, with a high mortality rate (one out of four patients and an increasing incidence. Sepsis is one of the main causes of maternal mortality and an important cause of admission to obstetric intensive care units. Case description: In this study, the authors report the case of a woman having been submitted to cesarean section three days before presenting clinical signs of sepsis and septic shock caused by a liver abscess. The patient had a set of complications secondary to shock, such as thrombocytopenia, coagulopathy, toe ischemia and acute kidney failure. The patient had cholelithiasis and recurrent pain in the right hypochondrium during pregnancy. During hospitalization, the mechanism involved in the development of hepatic abscess was infection of the biliary tract. The patient was treated in an obstetric intensive care unit with antibiotics and drainage of the liver abscess. Progress was favorable and the patient was discharged in good health. Discussion: pyogenic liver abscess during pregnancy and puerperium is a serious condition which represents a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, with few cases reported. The normally nonspecific clinical and laboratory findings can lead to a late diagnosis, which increases the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality.

  11. Streptococcus ovuberis sp. nov., isolated from a subcutaneous abscess in the udder of a sheep. (United States)

    Zamora, Leydis; Pérez-Sancho, Marta; Fernández-Garayzábal, Jose Francisco; Orden, Jose Antonio; Domínguez-Bernal, Gustavo; de la Fuente, Ricardo; Domínguez, Lucas; Vela, Ana Isabel


    One unidentified, Gram-stain-positive, catalase-negative coccus-shaped organism was recovered from a subcutaneous abscess of the udder of a sheep and subjected to a polyphasic taxonomic analysis. Based on cellular morphology and biochemical criteria, the isolate was tentatively assigned to the genus Streptococcus, although the organism did not appear to match any recognized species. 16S rRNA gene sequence comparison studies confirmed its identification as a member of the genus Streptococcus and showed that the nearest phylogenetic relatives of the unknown coccus corresponded to Streptococcus moroccensis and Streptococcus cameli (95.9 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity). The sodA sequence analysis showed less than 89.3 % sequence similarity with the currently recognized species of the genus Streptococcus. The novel bacterial isolate was distinguished from close relatives of the genus Streptococcusby using biochemical tests. A mass spectrometry profile was also obtained for the novel isolate using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Based on both phenotypic and phylogenetic findings, it is proposed that the unknown bacterium be classified as a representative of a novel species of the genus Streptococcus, Streptococcus ovuberis sp. nov. The type strain of Streptococcus ovuberissp. nov. is VB15-00779 T (=CECT 9179 T =CCUG 69612 T ).

  12. Liver abscess caused by Ascaris lumbricoides: case report

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    PINILLA Análida Elizabeth


    Full Text Available A case is reported of a woman who lived in a rural area with a chronic illness that consisted of weight loss and abdominal pain in the epigastrium and upper right quadrant. The initial diagnosis was a mass in the liver, which was later, demonstrated, both by direct and histological examination, to be an abscess caused by Ascaris lumbricoides. Eggs of Ascaris lumbricoides and abundant Charcot-Leyden Crystals were found.

  13. [Liver abscess and infective endocarditis cases caused by Ruminococcus productus]. (United States)

    Sucu, Nurgün; Köksal, Iftihar; Yilmaz, Gürdal; Aydin, Kemalettin; Caylan, Rahmet; Aktoz Boz, Gönülden


    The genus Ruminococcus which are anaerobe Gram positive cocci, previously classified as Peptostreptococcus, may colonize the upper respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, vagina and skin of humans and animals. In this report a case of liver abscess and a case of infective endocarditis caused by Ruminoccocus productus, which is very rarely encountered in the clinical practice were presented. The first case was a 32 years old male who was admitted to the hospital in 2002, with the complaints of fever lasting for 20 days and pain while breathing. The abdominal ultrasonography revealed the presence of a liver abscess, and the drainage material from the abscess yielded Ruminococcus productus, identified in BACTEC 9200 (Becton Dickinson, Sparks, Md) anaerobe system. As the isolate was found to be sensitive to penicilin, the empirical gentamicin and ampicillin/sulbactam therapy was continued. The second case was a 25 years old male who was admitted to the hospital in 2005, with the signs of fever lasting for 3-4 months, chills, bone and joint pains. As multiple vegetations were detected in echocardiography, blood cultures were collected and empirical therapy with ceftriaxone and gentamicin was initiated with the preliminary diagnosis of infective endocarditis. Bacteria which were isolated from blood cultures by BACTEC 9200 system have been identified as R. productus. As this strain was also sensitive to penicillin, the empirical therapy was changed to penicilin and gentamicin. These two cases indicated that R. productus should be considered in complicated infections even if it is a rarely isolated species from the clinical samples.

  14. Septicemia of unknown origin causing by Streptococcus agalactiae primary psoas abscess: a case report. (United States)

    Meesiri, Somchai


    Staphylococcus aureus is the commonest organism resulting in primary psoas abscesses. However non-staphylococcal primary psoas abscesses have increasingly been published in the literature. Here, the author reports a case of primary psoas abscess in a type II diabetic woman previously diagnosed Streptococcus agalactiae septicemia of unknown origin, which rapidly responded to penicillin plus clindamycin and prompt surgical drainage. Diabetic patients are not only susceptible to soft tissue infection but also primary psoas abscess caused by Streptococcus agalactiae.

  15. Case Report of Subcutaneous Nodules and Sterile Abscesses Due to Delayed Type Hypersensitivity to Aluminum-Containing Vaccines. (United States)

    Lauren, Christine T; Belsito, Donald V; Morel, Kimberly D; LaRussa, Philip


    Routine childhood immunizations have resulted in great reductions in vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Vaccine-related adverse events, albeit rare, can be of significant consequence. Although anaphylaxis, or type I hypersensitivity, is recognized as a potential reaction after vaccination, delayed type hypersensitivity or type IV reactions are less so. We present a case of persistent subcutaneous nodules and sterile abscesses in the setting of delayed type hypersensitivity to aluminum, confirmed by patch testing and recurrence on re-exposure. We review sources of aluminum in common immunizations, principles for treatment, and strategies for management of future vaccinations for this patient. Copyright © 2016 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  16. Cholecystocolonic Fistulas from Diverticulosis: A Potentially Missable Cause of Liver Abscesses

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    Ben Warner


    Full Text Available Cholecystocolonic fistulas (CCF due to colonic diverticulosis are a rare cause of liver abscesses. It is even rarer to simultaneously have choledocholithiasis, another cause for liver abscesses. In this case report, we found both pathologies and emphasise the need to study cholangiograms carefully so as not to miss alternative diagnoses.

  17. Favorable outcome in cerebral abscesses caused by Citrobacter koseri in a newborn infant. (United States)

    Algubaisi, Sarah; Bührer, Christoph; Thomale, Ulrich-Wilhelm; Spors, Birgit


    The treatment of brain abscesses in newborn infants is controversial. We report on a 6-week-old infant with multiple brain abscesses caused by Citrobacter koseri that resolved after treatment with combined surgical drainage and intravenous therapy with meropenem and fosfomycin.

  18. Intrachiasmatic abscess caused by IgG4-related hypophysitis. (United States)

    Hadjigeorgiou, Georgios F; Lund, Eva Løbner; Poulsgaard, Lars; Feldt-Rasmussen, Ulla; Rasmussen, Åse Krogh; Wegener, Marianne; Fugleholm, Kåre


    Autoimmune hypophysitis is a rare disease of the pituitary, which may affect vision by inflammation and compression of the optic chiasm. However, intrachiasmatic abscess formation has not been previously reported. In this study, we report a case of a 29-year-old female with bitemporal hemianopia due to a cystic intrasellar tumor. The patient underwent surgical decompression of the lesion, which was found to be an intrachiasmatic abscess. The histologic findings were consistent with IgG4 hypophysitis. This rare clinical presentation suggests that in case of a disproportionate degree of visual impairment in relation to the size of the lesion, suspicion should lead to an intrachiasmatic lesion.

  19. [Mediastinal abscess caused by self-mutilation of the hypopharynx]. (United States)

    Bak, Nikolaj Bolsing; Rasmussen, Niels


    A 44-year-old male with a non-specific psychological disturbance was diagnosed with septicemia. The patient had unsuccessfully tried to remove what he believed to be a fish bone from his throat. Computed tomography revealed a descending abscess in the mediastinum along with perforations in the pharynx and oesophagus to the mediastinum. He was treated with antibiotics and drainage of the abscess and discharged after six weeks without sequelae. Sharp foreign bodies in the pharynx should be removed professionally to avoid perforation and thus mediastinitis.

  20. [Psoas abscess secondary to lumbar spondylodiscitis caused by gram negative bacilli]. (United States)

    Ampudia-Blasco, F J; Fernandez, J; Ferrer, M D; Pallardo, Y; Tenes, S; Carmena, R


    The association between psoas abscess and lumbar spondylodiscitis by Gram negative bacilli represents a rare clinical entity. Sometimes the absence of demonstrative symptoms complicates the diagnostic schema. We report about a 72 year-old woman, without previous known diabetes mellitus, who was admitted because of fever of one week duration and a non-ketotic hyperosmolar coma. A left psoas abscess was identified by abdominal computed tomography (CT). The abscess was in communication with the L1-L2 intervertebral space. Although Escherichia coli was identified as the causing agent and appropriate antibiotic therapy was administered, the resolution of the abscess occurred only after the implantation of a percutaneous catheter guided by CT without additional surgery. Percutaneous drainage as a diagnostic-therapeutic technique has rendered the surgery as the last resort in the treatment of psoas abscess.

  1. Intrachiasmatic abscess caused by IgG4-related hypophysitis

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    Hadjigeorgiou, Georgios F; Lund, Eva Løbner; Poulsgaard, Lars


    INTRODUCTION: Autoimmune hypophysitis is a rare disease of the pituitary, which may affect vision by inflammation and compression of the optic chiasm. However, intrachiasmatic abscess formation has not been previously reported. METHODS: In this study, we report a case of a 29-year-old female with...

  2. Multiple Pyogenic Liver Abscesses Caused by Microperforation of an Idiopathic Cecal Ulcer. (United States)

    Yeom, Dong Han; Sohn, Ki Chang; Chu, Min Su; Jo, Dong Ho; Cho, Eun Young; Kim, Haak Cheoul


    Idiopathic cecal ulcer is a rare disease entity of unknown cause diagnosed by ruling out other known causes of cecal ulceration. The most common complication of an idiopathic cecal ulcer is bleeding; perforation, peritonitis, abscess, and stricture formation have been noted. The authors treated a 53-year-old woman who presented with fever and intermittent right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Multiple pyogenic liver abscess and a solitary cecal ulcer were diagnosed by radiologic, endoscopic, and pathologic examination, followed by laparoscopic cecectomy. After extensive study, we concluded that this patient's liver abscesses were a complication of the idiopathic cecal ulcer. Herein, we report a case of multiple pyogenic liver abscess caused by microperforation of idiopathic cecal ulcer.

  3. Case of a cerebral abscess caused by Porphyromonas gingivalis in a subject with periodontitis (United States)

    Grisar, Koenraad; Maes, Honorine; Politis, Constantinus


    We report the case of a 65-year-old man presenting with generalised seizures after developing a right frontal brain abscess. Stereotactic aspiration and subsequent matrix assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight analyzer (MALDI-TOF) spectrometry revealed Porphyromonas gingivalis as the only causative anaerobe microorganism. Secondary incision and drainage was required due to neurological deterioration with increased dimensions of the abscess, intracranial pressure and formation of a subdural occipitoparietal empyema. Oral imaging was positive for apical periodontitis of multiple elements; therefore, the remaining dentition was removed. Targeted antibiotic treatment included intravenous ceftriaxone and ornidazole. The patient was discharged to our revalidation unit 59 days after admission to make a full recovery. To the best of our knowledge, this is the sixth reported case of P. gingivalis causing an intracranial abscess and the third case of a true intracerebral parenchymal abscess caused by this bacterium. PMID:28228396

  4. Actinomyces naeslundii and Eikenella corrodens as rare causes of liver abscesses. (United States)

    Jaqua, Nathan Thomas; Smith, Adam J; Shin, Terry T; Jahanmir, Jay


    A 48-year-old man with an unremarkable medical history was admitted with vague conditions of fever, chills, myalgias and malaise. Physical examination was remarkable for only scleral icterus. Laboratory evaluation revealed elevated aminotransferases, alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin. Imaging demonstrated two masses in the right lobe of his liver, which were ultimately drained and cultures demonstrated Actinomyces and Eikenella. He continued to have fever on broad-spectrum antibiotics until catheter drainage of the abscesses was performed. He was eventually discharged in improved condition on amoxicillin-clavulanate. His aminotransferases, alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin continued to improve and he remained afebrile and asymptomatic. A repeat CT 2 months after discharge demonstrated resolution of the abscesses. Actinomyces and Eikenella are rare causes of liver abscesses and treatment requires drainage and an extended course of antibiotics. The polymicrobial character typical of liver abscesses makes antibiotic therapy challenging when cultures reveal rare organisms such as Actinomyces and Eikenella.

  5. Dermatophyte abscesses caused by Trichophyton rubrum in a patient without pre-existing superficial dermatophytosis: a case report. (United States)

    Kim, Si-Hyun; Jo, Ik Hyun; Kang, Jun; Joo, Sun Young; Choi, Jung-Hyun


    Trichophyton usually causes a superficial skin infection, affecting the outermost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum. In immunocompromised patients, deeper invasion into the dermis and even severe systemic infection with distant organ involvement can occur. Most cases of deeper dermal dermatophytosis described in the literature so far involved pre-existing superficial dermatophytosis. We report a 68-year-old woman presented to our clinic with a 3-month history of palpable nodules on the right ankle without pre-existing superficial dermatophytosis. Magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple, well-demarcated, cystic lesions around the lateral malleolus, located in the subcutaneous or dermal layers. The sizes varied from 0.5 cm to 4 cm in diameter. The patient underwent complete excision of the lesions. Fungal culture yielded Trichophyton rubrum on Sabouraud dextrose agar. Histopathology showed organizing abscesses with degenerated fungal hyphae. After the 12-week oral itraconazole therapy, the lesions were completely resolved. Dermatophytes should be considered as a possible cause of deep soft tissue abscesses in immunocompromised patients, even though there is no superficial dermatophytosis lesion.

  6. Feo-hifomicose subcutânea por Exophiala jeanselmei localizada na bolsa escrotal: relato de caso Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis on the scrotum caused by Exophiala jeanselmei: case report

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    André Luiz Rossetto


    Full Text Available A feo-hifomicose subcutânea é uma doença causada por fungos demáceos que acomete principalmente indivíduos imunocomprometidos e geralmente cursa com lesões localizadas nos membros inferiores. Os autores relatam um caso de feo-hifomicose subcutânea em um paciente imunocompetente, com localização atípica - na hemibolsa escrotal esquerda -, tratado com sucesso com fluconazol sistêmico associado à excisão cirúrgica.Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis is a disease caused by dematiaceous fungi that develops mainly in immunocompromised patients. Lesions are generally located on the lower limbs. The present report describes a case of phaeohyphomycosis in an immunocompetent patient in whom a subcutaneous abscess was located in an unusual site, on the left hemiscrotum. The abscess was treated successfully with oral fluconazole associated with surgical excision.

  7. Pyogenic Brain Abscess Caused by Peptostreptococcus in a Patient with HIV-1 Infection

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    Jose Armando Gonzales Zamora


    Full Text Available In the setting of HIV, cerebral lesions are usually secondary to lymphoma and opportunistic infections; however, in patients with CD4 counts above 200 cells/uL, other pathologies such as pyogenic brain abscess could gain importance. The microbiology of pyogenic brain abscess has Staphylococcus and Streptococcus as the leading etiologic pathogens in immunocompetent individuals. Peptostreptococcus is also recognized as a common cause of brain abscess in this patient population. In HIV-infected individuals, there have been sporadic reports of Peptostreptococcus infections but none of brain abscess. We describe the case of a 43-years-old HIV-infected patient with a CD4 count of 350 cells/uL that developed a Peptostreptococcus brain abscess presumably from hematogenous spread of an odontogenic source. Treatment with stereotactic needle aspiration in two opportunities and four weeks of intravenous antibiotics led to a complete resolution of this infection. This case highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary approach for an effective treatment of pyogenic brain abscess in HIV-1 patients.

  8. Amebic liver abscess (United States)

    Hepatic amebiasis; Extraintestinal amebiasis; Abscess - amebic liver ... Amebic liver abscess is caused by Entamoeba histolytica. This parasite causes amebiasis , an intestinal infection that is also called ...

  9. Vertebral osteomyelitis and epidural abscesses caused by Prevotella oralis: a case report. (United States)

    Goyal, Hemant; Arora, Shitij; Mishra, Sneha; Jamil, Syed; Shah, Uday


    An interesting case of pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis with multiple epidural abscesses caused by non-pigmented Prevotella oralis is reported. The patient was a 68-year-old female who presented to the emergency room (ER) with severe pain and tenderness in her lower back with fever. She had recently undergone esophagogastroduodensoscopy (EGD) for complaints of esophageal reflux, which showed submucosal cyst in the esophagus. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the thoracic spine revealed multiple spinal epidural abscesses with signal enhancement at the level of T6 and T7, suggestive of vertebral osteomyelitis. Two blood cultures drawn one hour apart grew Prevotella oralis. The body fluid aspirated from the abscesses was also positive for the anaerobic commensal P. oralis. Necrosis associated with the submucosal cyst was implicated as the cause of sepsis and osteomyelitis due to this organism. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  10. Sepsis, meningitis and cerebral abscesses caused by Citrobacter koseri (United States)

    Marecos, Clara Vaz; Ferreira, Marta; Ferreira, Maria Manuela; Barroso, Maria Rosalina


    After a 36-week diamniotic dichorionic gestation, an infant was delivered by elective caesarean section due to growth restriction and altered diastolic flow in the umbilical artery. Birth weight was 2140 g. The patient was admitted for exclusive parenteral nutrition, with umbilical venous catheter placement. Sinus tachycardia and temperature instability with positive inflammatory markers occurred at 51 h. Penicillin and gentamicin were started, but 6 h later septic shock with disseminated intravascular coagulation was noted. Vancomycin and meropenem were started and penicillin suspended. Citrobacter koseri was isolated from blood culture. Generalised clonic convulsions occurred on day 4, and an electroencephalogram revealed severe encephalic dysfunction. Cerebrospinal fluid cytochemical analysis was suggestive of meningitis, although culture was negative. Cefotaxime was added to the drug regimen. Cranioencephalic MR showed a temporal abscess and diffuse hemispheric destruction, with no indications for neurosurgery. After 6 weeks of therapy, neuroimaging follow-up showed multiloculated cystic encephalomalacia. Currently, the patient is 14 months old with axial hypotonia and decreased movements. The source of infection has not been determined. Nosocomial infection cannot be excluded and vertical transmission is unlikely. PMID:22665908

  11. Intraabdominal abscess related fungaemia caused by Rhodotorula glutinis in a non-neutropenic cancer patient. (United States)

    Diktas, H; Gulec, B; Baylan, O; Oncul, O; Turhan, V; Acar, A; Gorenek, L


    Rhodotorula glutinis is a rare fungal infection that is especially observed in immune-compromised patients. It is common in the skin, faeces, nails, sputum, gastrointestinal system and adenoid tissue. However, the incidence of Rhodotorula glutinis is increased in both local and systemic infections in recent years. Presented here is a case of Rhodotorula glutinis fungaemia that isolated from subhepatic abscess formation and blood in a patient who was operated with Roux-en-Y technique due to gastric adenocarcinoma. Fungal sepsis is an important cause of fever resistant to antibiotic therapy that is often taken into marginal account. It should instead be particularly considered in patients with a history of intraabdominal surgery and non-neutropenic cancer patients. The case described illustrates an episode of systemic infection by Rhodotorula glutinis, correlated with the presence of intraabdominal abscess and without central venous catheters. This is the first case of fungaemia by Rhodotorula glutinis with an intraabdominal abscess source reported from Turkey.

  12. Multiple Pyogenic Liver Abscesses Caused by Eggerthella lenta Treated with Ertapenem: A Case Report

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    Richard M. Elias


    Full Text Available Anaerobic gram-positive bacilli can occasionally be implicated in infections but are difficult to identify in culture by conventional biochemical methods. We report a case of liver abscesses caused by Eggerthella lenta, identified via 16S rRNA sequencing in a previously healthy patient, successfully treated with percutaneous drainage and ertapenem.

  13. Pyogenic liver abscess (United States)

    Liver abscess; Bacterial liver abscess ... There are many possible causes of liver abscesses, including: Abdominal infection, such as appendicitis , diverticulitis , or a perforated bowel Infection in the blood Infection of the bile draining tubes ...

  14. Liver abscess caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei in a young man: A case report and review of literature (United States)

    Pal, Partha; Ray, Sayantan; Moulick, Avijit; Dey, Subhasis; Jana, Anirban; Banerjee, Kokila


    Pyogenic liver abscess is a common entity in Indian subcontinent and is mostly caused by gram negative bacteria. Melioidosis is not commonly seen in India and only a few cases are reported. It can give rise to multiple abscesses at different sites including liver. We report a case of isolated liver abscess caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei (B. pseudomallei) in a 29-year-old recently diagnosed diabetic, immunocompetent male. Diagnosis was made by imaging and culture of pus aspirated from the abscess and he was treated with percutaneous pigtail catheter drainage followed by antibiotics (meropenem and trimethoprim-sulphmethoxazole). Melioidosis is an emerging infection in India and has high mortality rate, so early diagnosis and prompt management is warranted which requires clinical vigilance and an intensive microbiological workup. Clinicians should be aware of isolated liver abscess caused by B. pseudomallei in appropriate clinical settings. PMID:25325075

  15. Subcutaneous Phaeohyphomycosis Caused by Wallemia sebi in an Immunocompetent Host▿ (United States)

    Guarro, Josep; Gugnani, Harish C.; Sood, Neelam; Batra, Rashmi; Mayayo, Emilio; Gené, Josepa; Kakkar, Shalini


    We report a case of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis due to Wallemia sebi in a 43-year-old-female, the first case reported since 1950. The lesion presented as a nonhealing ulcer on the dorsum of the left foot. Diagnosis was based on histological demonstration of the fungus and its recovery in culture. PMID:18174296

  16. Enhanced susceptibility to subcutaneous abscess formation and persistent infection around catheters is associated with sustained interleukin-1beta levels

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    Boelens, J. J.; Zaat, S. A.; Murk, J. L.; Weening, J. J.; van der Poll, T.; Dankert, J.


    A persistent Staphylococcus epidermidis infection in mice around a subcutaneous polyvinylpyrrolidone-grafted silicon elastomer catheter (SEpvp) but not around a conventional silicon elastomer catheter was observed. With SEpvp pericatheter tissue, protracted and exaggerated interleukin-1beta

  17. Experimental amoebic liver abscess in hamsters caused by trophozoites of a Brazilian strain of Entamoeba dispar. (United States)

    Guzmán-Silva, Maria Angélica; Santos, Helena Lúcia Carneiro; Peralta, Regina Saramago; Peralta, José Mauro; de Macedo, Heloisa Werneck


    It has been claimed that amoebic molecules such as amoebapore, galactose/N-acetyl galactosamine inhibitable lectin, and cysteine proteases are responsible for host tissue destruction and are present in both pathogenic Entamoeba histolytica and non-pathogenic Entamoeba dispar. Some reports have provided evidence that after infection with E. dispar, pathological changes may occur in some humans. The aim of this study was to evaluate E. dispar pathogenicity by comparing it to the pathogenicity of E. histolytica through liver abscesses induced in hamsters. Syrian golden hamsters were challenged by intrahepatic inoculation with the 03C E. dispar strain or with two strains of E. histolytica (HM1:IMSS and EGG) to compare their virulence grades. As control groups, we used bacterial flora and Pavlova's modified medium. Lesions were verified at 1, 3 and 6 days after inoculation. Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction was performed to characterize each strain using EdP1/EdP2 and EhP1/EhP2 primers. The EGG and HM1:IMSS E. histolytica strains and 03C E. dispar were able to cause liver lesions. The EGG strain caused extensive hepatic abscesses, and trophozoites were found in the lesions throughout the three periods of study. The HM1:IMSS strain caused smaller abscesses when compared to EGG lesions; however, trophozoites were observed at 1 and 3 days after inoculation. The 03C E. dispar strain caused intermediate abscesses when compared to the others; trophozoites were observed in all periods analyzed. The EGG strain caused progressive evolution of the injury, which differed from the HM1:IMSS and 03C strains. These results strongly suggest that the 03C E. dispar strain is pathogenic in the experimental hamster model. Additional studies are necessary to identify potential factors that regulate the manifestation of virulence of this strain and others. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. A case report of Tubo-ovarian abscess caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei. (United States)

    Nernsai, Pattaranit; Sophonsritsuk, Areepan; Lertvikool, Srithean; Jinawath, Artit; Chitasombat, Maria Nina


    Melioidosis, the disease caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei is endemic in the Northeastern part of Thailand, South-East Asia, and Northern Australia. The pelvic involvement of disease is rare even in an endemic area. Therefore, we describe in this report the clinical presentation, management, and outcome of the patient with primary tubo-ovarian abscess due to melioidosis. A 31-year-old Thai cassava farmer woman presented with fever and abdominal pain at left lower quadrant for one month. She also had pain, swelling, and redness of the genitalia without any ulcer. She had odorless whitish vaginal discharge. The pelvic examination revealed excitation pain on the left side of her cervix. Transvaginal ultrasonography revealed a large left tubo-ovarian abscess size 9.4 × 4.8 cm located at anterior of the uterus. Urgent exploratory laparotomy revealed left hydrosalpinx with a large amount of pus. The pus culture grew Burkholderia pseudomallei. The computer tomography of the abdomen revealed multiple hepatosplenic abscesses. The patient underwent left salpingo-oophorectomy and pus drainage. The pathological examination of excised left adnexa revealed chronic and acute suppurative inflammation with necrotic tissue. She was given intravenous ceftazidime for one month, and her clinical symptom improved. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus at this visit and treated with insulin injection. She continued to take oral co-trimoxazole for 20 weeks. The final diagnosis was disseminated melioidosis with left tubo-ovarian abscess and hepatosplenic abscesses in a newly diagnosed morbidly obese diabetic patient. Burkholderia pseudomallei should be considered as the causative organism of gynecologic infection among patient with risk factor resided in an endemic area who do not respond to standard antibiotics. The pus culture from the site of infection is the only diagnostic method of pelvic melioidosis, appropriate antibiotics, and adequate surgical drainage were the

  19. Skin abscess (United States)

    ... can help identify the cause of the infection. Treatment You can apply moist heat (such as warm compresses) to help the abscess ... if you develop new symptoms during or after treatment of a skin abscess. Prevention ... the skin around minor wounds clean and dry to prevent infection. Call your provider if you ...

  20. The ectopic appendicolith from perforated appendicitis as a cause of tubo-ovarian abscess

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    Vyas, Rajashree C.; Sides, Corey; Klein, Deborah J. [University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY (United States); Reddy, Sireesha Y. [University of Rochester, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rochester, NY (United States); Santos, Mary C. [University of Rochester, Pediatric Surgery, Rochester, NY (United States)


    Acute appendicitis is a common surgical cause of abdominal pain in the pediatric population. History and physical examination are atypical in up to a third of patients. Known potential complications of untreated or delayed management of acute appendicitis include appendiceal perforation, periappendiceal abscess formation, peritonitis, bowel obstruction and rarely septic thrombosis of mesenteric vessels. We report an unusual complication of perforated appendicitis. A tubo-ovarian abscess developed secondary to appendicolith migration into the right fallopian tube in a patient who had undergone interval laparoscopic appendectomy for perforated appendicitis. The retained appendicolith was visualized within the obstructed and dilated fallopian tube on contrast-enhanced CT. We discuss the CT imaging features of this unusual complication of perforated appendicitis. (orig.)

  1. [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]. (United States)

    Prodeus, T V; Zelia, O P; Khlebnikova, T A; Pikul', D A


    The cases associated with the development of liver abscesses in a 64-year-old female patient after elective surgery for colon polyposis could form an opinion that extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. might develop in the immunocompromised host. The development of Blastocystis spp. in the presence of disintegrated liver tissue and inflammatory cells was verified by microscopic examination of liver abscess aspirates. The Romanovsky-Giemsa stained specimens exhibited typical amoeboid, vacuolar and, what is particularly important, dividing forms of Blastocystis spp. The patients full recovery after timely combination therapy with broad-spectrum antibiotics and imidazole group preparations also indirectly argues for the etiological role of Blastocystis spp. in the development of liver abscess with the signs of changes in both lungs (the signs of right lung compression and bilateral hydrothorax). Physicians' awareness of the potential clinical significance of Blastocystis spp. in immunodeficient patients is sure to expand the range of differential diagnostic studies of patients infected with Blastocystis spp.. particularly in case of gastrointestinal tract diseases of unknown etiology.

  2. Zinc, copper, and selenium tissue levels and their relation to subcutaneous abscess, minor surgery, and wound healing in humans

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    Mirastschijski, Ursula; Martin Moreno, Alicia; Jorgensen, Lars N


    Trace element involvement in wounds left to heal by secondary intention needs clarification. We have previously reported faster healing of wounds following acute surgery compared with elective excision of pilonidal sinus disease. The effect of topical zinc on the closure of the excisional wounds...... was mediocre compared with placebo. In contrast, parenteral zinc, copper, and selenium combined appear effective for wound healing in humans. We have investigated zinc, copper, and selenium with respect to (a) impact of acute versus chronic pilonidal sinus and (b) regional concentrations within granulating...... wounds treated topically with placebo or zinc in 42 (33 males) pilonidal disease patients. Baseline serum and skin concentrations of copper correlated (r S = 0.351, p = 0.033, n = 37), but not of zinc or selenium. Patients with abscesses had elevated serum C-reactive protein (CRP) and copper levels (+29...

  3. Post-partum, post-sterilization tubo-ovarian abscess caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum: a case report

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    Chayachinda Chenchit


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Post-partum, post-sterilization tubo-ovarian abscess is a rare event. Fusobacterium necrophorum subspecies funduliforme, a normal flora found mainly in the oral cavity, appears to be the etiologic organism. Case presentation In this case report, a 25-year-old Thai woman had a post-partum, post-sterilization tubo-ovarian abscess caused by the strictly anaerobic bacterium, Fusobacterium necrophorum subspecies funduliforme. Progressively severe symptoms started 3 weeks after her third vaginal delivery with a tubal sterilization on the following day. On admission, she presented with peritonitis and impending shock. An exploratory laparotomy showed a ruptured left tubo-ovarian abscess. A segment of her ileum had to be resected because of severe inflammation. Conclusions Fusobacterium necrophorum subspecies funduliforme can be an etiologic organism of a ruptured tubo-ovarian abscess following tubal sterilization in a healthy host.

  4. Mandibular fracture caused by periodontal abscess: Radiological, US, CT and MRI findings. (United States)

    Mazza, D; Marini, M; Tesei, J; Primicerio, P


    Mandibular fracture is a rare but possible outcome of a periodontal abscess. A case of complete fracture of the mandible with abscess infiltrating the surrounding soft tissues is described. The patient reported nor trauma, nor locoregional surgery. Ultrasonography and orthopantomography revealed the fracture of the mandible and the abscess at the masseter muscle. Further preoperative diagnostic examinations included CT and MRI. CT revealed the complete fracture line more clearly; MR the extension of the abscess.

  5. Age-related Epstein-Barr virus-positive cutaneous ulcer arising after a self-limited subcutaneous abscess: a case report. (United States)

    Sadiku, Shemsedin; Kurshumliu, Fisnik; Krasniqi, Xhevdet; Brovina, Ahmet; Kryeziu, Emrush; Rrudhani, Ibrahim; Meqa, Kastriot; Gashi-Luci, Lumturije; Merz, Hartmut


    Epstein-Barr virus-positive mucocutaneous ulcer is a newly recognized clinicopathologic entity in the spectrum of Epstein-Barr virus-positive lymphoproliferative disorders. This entity is characterized by a self-limited, indolent course. We report the case of a 74-year-old, type 2 diabetic man who presented with an ulceroinfiltrative skin lesion on the left side of his neck. Histological examination showed that the lesion consisted of large atypical cells, some with Hodgkin-Reed-Sternberg-like morphology, in the midst of reactive lymphocytes, plasma cells, eosinophils and histiocytes. The atypical cells were partially positive for CD45, CD20, CD79a, CD30, B-cell lymphoma 2 and latent membrane protein 1 (CS.1-4), and negative for CD15, B-cell lymphoma 6 and CD10. In situ hybridization for Epstein-Barr virus-encoded ribonucleic acid was positive. Two years before, the patient had been diagnosed with a self-limited subcutaneous abscess in the same anatomic area that healed after antibiotic therapy. Older patients with positive Epstein-Barr virus serology may develop B-cell lymphoproliferations due to age-related immune suppression. Epstein-Barr virus-encoded ribonucleic acid testing and clonality analysis, eventually complemented with close clinical follow-up, should be performed for suspicious inflammatory lesions in older patients.

  6. Age-related Epstein-Barr virus-positive cutaneous ulcer arising after a self-limited subcutaneous abscess: a case report

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    Sadiku Shemsedin


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Epstein-Barr virus-positive mucocutaneous ulcer is a newly recognized clinicopathologic entity in the spectrum of Epstein-Barr virus-positive lymphoproliferative disorders. This entity is characterized by a self-limited, indolent course. Case presentation We report the case of a 74-year-old, type 2 diabetic man who presented with an ulceroinfiltrative skin lesion on the left side of his neck. Histological examination showed that the lesion consisted of large atypical cells, some with Hodgkin-Reed-Sternberg-like morphology, in the midst of reactive lymphocytes, plasma cells, eosinophils and histiocytes. The atypical cells were partially positive for CD45, CD20, CD79a, CD30, B-cell lymphoma 2 and latent membrane protein 1 (CS.1-4, and negative for CD15, B-cell lymphoma 6 and CD10. In situ hybridization for Epstein-Barr virus-encoded ribonucleic acid was positive. Two years before, the patient had been diagnosed with a self-limited subcutaneous abscess in the same anatomic area that healed after antibiotic therapy. Conclusion Older patients with positive Epstein-Barr virus serology may develop B-cell lymphoproliferations due to age-related immune suppression. Epstein-Barr virus-encoded ribonucleic acid testing and clonality analysis, eventually complemented with close clinical follow-up, should be performed for suspicious inflammatory lesions in older patients.

  7. Generalized subcutaneous emphysema caused by injection of air into the penis for autoerotic purposes. (United States)

    Ural, Y; Muthen, N; Engelmann, U; Wille, S


    The injection of air or water into the scrotum has been described only a few times so far in the literature. Injection of air into the penis and its consequences has not been described at all. Here, we present the case of a young man who, acting on his previously suppressed sexual fantasies, injected air into his penis and caused generalized subcutaneous emphysema.

  8. Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema in a cat associated with necrotizing bronchopneumonia caused by feline herpesvirus-1. (United States)

    Maes, Sofie; Van Goethem, Bart; Saunders, Jimmy; Binst, Dominique; Chiers, Koen; Ducatelle, Richard


    This report describes a 1-year-old cat with acute dyspnea. Thoracic radiography revealed a pneumomediastinum and severe subcutaneous emphysema. Lower airway surgical exploration was unable to determine the cause. At postmortem examination, acute necrotizing bronchopneumonia and fibrinonecrotic tracheitis due to feline herpesvirus-1 were diagnosed.

  9. Generalized Subcutaneous Emphysema Caused by Injection of Air into the Penis for Autoerotic Purposes


    Ural, Y.; Muthen, N.; Engelmann, U.; Wille, S.


    The injection of air or water into the scrotum has been described only a few times so far in the literature. Injection of air into the penis and its consequences has not been described at all. Here, we present the case of a young man who, acting on his previously suppressed sexual fantasies, injected air into his penis and caused generalized subcutaneous emphysema.

  10. Septic pulmonary embolism caused by a Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess: clinical characteristics, imaging findings, and clinical courses

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    Deng-Wei Chou


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Septic pulmonary embolism caused by a Klebsiella (K. pneumoniae liver abscess is rare but can cause considerable morbidity and mortality. However, clinical information regarding this condition is limited. This study was conducted to elucidate the full disease spectrum to improve its diagnosis and treatment. METHOD: We reviewed the clinical characteristics, imaging findings, and clinical courses of 14 patients diagnosed with septic pulmonary embolism caused by a K. pneumoniae liver abscess over a period of 9 years. RESULTS: The two most prevalent symptoms were fever and shortness of breath. Computed tomography findings included a feeding vessel sign (79%, nodules with or without cavities (79%, pleural effusions (71%, peripheral wedge-shaped opacities (64%, patchy ground-glass opacities (50%, air bronchograms within a nodule (36%, consolidations (21%, halo signs (14%, and lung abscesses (14%. Nine (64% of the patients developed severe complications and required intensive care. According to follow-up chest radiography, the infiltrates and consolidations were resolved within two weeks, and the nodular opacities were resolved within one month. Two (14% patients died of septic shock; one patient had metastatic meningitis, and the other had metastatic pericarditis. CONCLUSION: The clinical presentations ranged from insidious illness with fever and respiratory symptoms to respiratory failure and septic shock. A broad spectrum of imaging findings, ranging from nodules to multiple consolidations, was detected. Septic pulmonary embolism caused by a K. pneumoniae liver abscess combined with the metastatic infection of other vital organs confers a poor prognosis.

  11. Splenic abscess caused by MRSA developing in an infarcted area: case report and literature review. (United States)

    Arslan, Ferhat; Batirel, Ayse; Tabak, Fehmi; Mert, Ali


    We report a case of a 41-year-old man with a splenic abscess caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). He had been treated with antimicrobials and corticosteroids for interstitial pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae and hemolytic anemia. He developed catheter-related (MRSA) bacteremia during his stay in the ICU and was treated with teicoplanin for 2 weeks. After 4 weeks of outpatient follow-up, he was readmitted to the hospital with fever and pain in the left upper quadrant. A thoracoabdominal CT scan showed subcapsular collection in areas of splenic infarction that had been detected on his first admission. CT-guided percutaneous aspiration resulted in the isolation of MRSA. The patient was treated successfully with teicoplanin for 6 weeks. Our aim in presenting this quite rare case is to highlight the tendency of infarcts that develop as a result of hemolytic attacks during systemic infections to be a focus of infection for nosocomial bacteremia.

  12. [Clinical features in six patients with liver abscess caused by Streptococcus milleri]. (United States)

    Tomiyama, R; Yamashiro, M; Sakugawa, H; Miyagi, T; Taira, M; Kinjo, F; Saito, A


    Among 39 patients with pyogenic liver abscess who were admitted to our institute, six (15%) were infected by Streptococcus milleri (S. milleri). We investigated clinical features of these six patients. There were five males and one female, aged 43-81 years old (mean: 61). Five of the six patients had underlying illness. All patients had fever, and three of them complained of abdominal pain. Three patients had mixed infections; particularly intraoral anaerobes, Fusobacterium, were found in two of the three patients. There were no differences in clinical features between patients with S. milleri liver abscess and those with other bacterial liver abscess. In conclusion, on selecting antibiotics for the treatment of liver abscess, it is necessary to consider the S. milleri and intraoral anaerobes.

  13. Case of a cerebral abscess caused by Porphyromonas gingivalis in a subject with periodontitis


    Van der Cruyssen, Frederic; Grisar, Koenraad; Maes, Honorine; Politis, Constantinus


    We report the case of a 65-year-old man presenting with generalised seizures after developing a right frontal brain abscess. Stereotactic aspiration and subsequent matrix assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight analyzer (MALDI-TOF) spectrometry revealed Porphyromonas gingivalis as the only causative anaerobe microorganism. Secondary incision and drainage was required due to neurological deterioration with increased dimensions of the abscess, intracranial pressure and formation of ...

  14. An unusual cause of haemorrhagic shock from a subcutaneous haematoma: a Morel-Lavallée lesion. (United States)

    Mao, Renhao Desmond; Tan, Enjiu Pauleon; Goh, Hsin Kai


    20-year-old man presented to our emergency department after he was hit by a forklift. He developed haemorrhagic shock from a subcutaneous haematoma in his left thigh and required monitoring in the surgical intensive care unit. He stabilised with aggressive fluid resuscitation with crystalloids and blood transfusion. The recovery was complicated by an infection of the subcutaneous haematoma. Following open drainage of the infected subcutaneous haematoma, he improved and was discharged. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a subcutaneous haematoma causing haemorrhagic shock.

  15. Isolation of genes involved in biofilm formation of a Klebsiella pneumoniae strain causing pyogenic liver abscess.

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    Meng-Chuan Wu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pyogenic liver abscess (PLA complicated with meningitis and endophthalmitis caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae is an emerging infectious disease. To investigate the mechanisms and effects of biofilm formation of K. pneumoniae causing PLA, microtiter plate assays were used to determine the levels of biofilm formed by K. pneumoniae clinical isolates and to screen for biofilm-altered mutants from a transposon mutant library of a K. pneumoniae PLA-associated strain. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The biofilm formation of K. pneumoniae was examined by microtiter plate assay. Higher levels of biofilm formation were demonstrated by K. pneumoniae strains associated with PLA. A total of 23 biofilm-decreased mutants and 4 biofilm-increased mutants were identified. Among these mutants, a biofilm-decreased treC mutant displayed less mucoviscosity and produced less capsular polysaccharide (CPS, whereas a biofilm-increased sugE mutant displayed higher mucoviscosity and produced more CPS. The biofilm phenotypes of treC and sugE mutants also were confirmed by glass slide culture. Deletion of treC, which encodes trehalose-6-phosphate hydrolase, impaired bacterial trehalose utilization. Addition of glucose to the culture medium restored the capsule production and biofilm formation in the treC mutant. Transcriptional profile analysis suggested that the increase of CPS production in ΔsugE may reflect elevated cps gene expression (upregulated through rmpA in combination with increased treC expression. In vivo competition assays demonstrated that the treC mutant strain was attenuated in competitiveness during intragastric infection in mice. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Genes important for biofilm formation by K. pneumoniae PLA strain were identified using an in vitro assay. Among the identified genes, treC and sugE affect biofilm formation by modulating CPS production. The importance of treC in gastrointestinal tract colonization suggests

  16. Patent abdominal subcutaneous veins caused by congenital absence of the inferior vena cava: a case report

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    Lipp Rainer W


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Patent paraumbilical and abdominal subcutaneous veins are found frequently as collaterals in patients due to portal hypertension mainly in liver cirrhosis. Case presentation For evaluation of portal hypertension in a 72-year-old Caucasian man without liver cirrhosis, magnetic resonance imaging with gadolinium contrast-enhancement was performed and demonstrated a missing inferior vena cava. A blood return from the lower extremities was shown through enlarged collateral veins of the abdominal wall, vena azygos and hemiazygos continuation, and multiple liver veins emptying into the right cardiac atrium. We describe a rare case of abdominal subcutaneous wall veins as collaterals caused by a congenitally absent infrarenal inferior vena cava with preservation of a hypoplastic suprarenal segment. Conclusion Knowledge of these congenital variations can be of clinical importance and it is imperative for the reporting radiologist to identify these anomalies as they can have a significant impact on the clinical management of the patient.


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    Koppada Rajasekhar


    Full Text Available Phaeohyphomycoses are rare fungal infections, caused by dematiaceous fungi, manifested as cutaneous and subcutaneous infections, meningitis, sinusitis, keratitis, osteomyelitis and disseminated infection. This is a case report of a 45year old immuno compromised female on ART (Anti Retroviral therapy presented with fever and generalized nodular lesions draining pus on face, hands, axilla, groin and labia majora since one month. Biopsy of the subcutaneous nodule on the lateral aspect of the thigh revealed septate fungal hyphae on 10% KOH (10% Potassium Hydroxide mount. Fungal culture of the biopsy material on SDA (Sabouraud’s Dextrose Agar at 250C showed cotton wooly, dark gray to olivaceous black growth with black reverse and identified as dematiaceous fungi belonging to Exserohilum species by microscopy. The patient was put on Itraconazole 200mg BD in combination with Terbinafine 250mg BD for which she responded with healing of pustular lesions in two weeks and complete remission in two months..

  18. Case of dermatophyte abscess caused by Trichophyton rubrum: a case report and review of the literature. (United States)

    Inaoki, Makoto; Nishijima, Chihiro; Miyake, Miho; Asaka, Toshiyuki; Hasegawa, Youichi; Anzawa, Kazushi; Mochizuki, Takashi


    A 54-year-old Japanese man without apparent immunosuppression presented with nodules with purulent drainage on the right lower leg. He had ringworm of the right leg and tinea unguium. A biopsy specimen of the nodule showed intradermal abscesses with fungal elements, and Trichophyton rubrum was cultured from both the pus and the biopsy specimen. Treatment with oral terbinafine resolved the nodules. Dermatophyte abscess is a rare, deep and invasive dermatophytosis, which is often associated with immunocompromised conditions. We provide a review of the literature including Japanese cases. © 2015 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  19. Brain abscess (United States)

    ... including those with certain heart disorders, may receive antibiotics before dental or other procedures to help reduce the risk of infection. Alternative Names Abscess - brain; Cerebral abscess; CNS abscess Patient ...

  20. Liver abscess and bacteremia caused by lactobacillus: role of probiotics? Case report and review of the literature. (United States)

    Sherid, Muhammed; Samo, Salih; Sulaiman, Samian; Husein, Husein; Sifuentes, Humberto; Sridhar, Subbaramiah


    Lactobacilli are non-spore forming, lactic acid producing, gram-positive rods. They are a part of the normal gastrointestinal and genitourinary microbiota and have rarely been reported to be the cause of infections. Lactobacilli species are considered non-pathogenic organisms and have been used as probiotics to prevent antibiotic associated diarrhea. There are sporadic reported cases of infections related to lactobacilli containing probiotics. In this paper we discuss a case of an 82 year old female with liver abscess and bacteremia from lactobacillus after using probiotics containing lactobacilli in the course of her treatment of Clostridium difficile colitis. The Lactobacillus strain identification was not performed and therefore, both commensal microbiota and the probiotic product should be considered as possible sources of the strain. Lactobacilli can lead to bacteremia and liver abscesses in some susceptible persons and greater awareness of this potential side effect is warranted with the increasing use of probiotics containing lactobacilli.

  1. Urinary Obstruction of Transplanted Kidney Caused by Uterine Adenomyosis and 2-Year Posthysterectomy Psoas Abscess in Conjunction with Transplanted Kidney

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    Yuta Takezawa


    Full Text Available Urinary obstruction of the transplanted kidney caused by uterine leiomyoma is an extremely rare condition. To the best of our knowledge, there are only two reports in English literature. Psoas abscess secondary to renal graft pyelonephritis is also uncommon. We present this unusual case and its treatment course. A 43-year-old female presented with renal dysfunction. She was started on peritoneal dialysis from the age of 26 years and received kidney transplantation from her mother (living donor at the age of 27 years. Computed tomography (CT revealed right hydronephrosis and a large uterine mass compressing the distal ureter of the transplanted kidney. After a simple total hysterectomy, her renal function improved. Two years following the hysterectomy, she experienced painful urination, fever, right abdominal pain, and right lower limb pain. CT and T2-weighed magnetic resonance imaging of her pelvis demonstrated right psoas abscess in conjunction with transplanted kidney. She was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics alone, which resulted in a good response. Urinary obstruction of the transplanted kidney caused by uterine leiomyoma is an extremely rare condition. Psoas abscess secondary to transplanted kidney pyelonephritis is also rare. We should keep these rare diseases in mind when treating such cases.

  2. Morganella Morganii Causing Abscess Over the Anterior Chest Wall- A Case Report


    D., Vijaya; JV, Sathish; MK, Yashaswini; S, Sulaiman


    A 17-year-old female college student presented with recurrent abscess over the anterior chest wall since one and half year. Morganella morganii was isolated from the aspirated pus. Patient was started on oral ciprofloxacin and the lesion resolved in two weeks.

  3. Brevibacterium casei as a cause of brain abscess in an immunocompetent patient. (United States)

    Kumar, V Anil; Augustine, Deepthi; Panikar, Dilip; Nandakumar, Aswathy; Dinesh, Kavitha R; Karim, Shamsul; Philip, Rosamma


    Coryneform bacteria belonging to the genus Brevibacterium have emerged as opportunistic pathogens. Of the nine known species of Brevibacterium isolated from human clinical samples, Brevibacterium casei is the most frequently reported species from clinical specimens. We report the first case of B. casei brain abscess in an immunocompetent patient successfully treated by surgery and antimicrobial therapy.

  4. Brevibacterium casei as a Cause of Brain Abscess in an Immunocompetent Patient ▿ (United States)

    Kumar, V. Anil; Augustine, Deepthi; Panikar, Dilip; Nandakumar, Aswathy; Dinesh, Kavitha R.; Karim, Shamsul; Philip, Rosamma


    Coryneform bacteria belonging to the genus Brevibacterium have emerged as opportunistic pathogens. Of the nine known species of Brevibacterium isolated from human clinical samples, Brevibacterium casei is the most frequently reported species from clinical specimens. We report the first case of B. casei brain abscess in an immunocompetent patient successfully treated by surgery and antimicrobial therapy. PMID:22012007

  5. Human subcutaneous dirofilariasis caused by Dirofilaria immitis in a Greek adult. (United States)

    Falidas, Evangelos; Gourgiotis, Stavros; Ivopoulou, Olga; Koutsogiannis, Ioannis; Oikonomou, Christianna; Vlachos, Konstantinos; Villias, Constantinos


    Human dirofilariasis is a zoonotic infection caused by worms of the genus Dirofilaria. Most reported cases involve Dirofilaria repens, and D. immitis infection has been rarely reported. Canines act as a reservoir for the infection, while human infections are sporadic. Human dirofilariasis has been widely reported in South Europe; however, the worldwide distribution constantly changes. We herein report an extremely rare case of subcutaneous trunk dirofilariasis in a 45-year-old immunosuppressed woman, caused by D. immitis. The parasitic infection was detected using ultrasonography. The infection was confirmed by a polymerase chain reaction-based method and was attributed to D. immitis. Copyright © 2015 King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Skin and subcutaneous mycoses in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) caused by Fusarium oxysporum in coinfection with Aeromonas hydrophila


    Cutuli, M.?Teresa; Gibello, Alicia; Rodriguez-Bertos, Antonio; Blanco, M. Mar; Villarroel, Morris; Giraldo, Alejandra; Guarro, Josep


    Subcutaneous mycoses in freshwater fish are rare infections usually caused by oomycetes of the genus Saprolegnia and some filamentous fungi. To date, Fusarium infections in farmed fish have only been described in marine fish. Here, we report the presence of Fusarium oxysporum in subcutaneous lesions of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Histopathologic evaluation revealed granuloma formation with fungal structures, and the identity of the etiological agent was demonstrated by morphological...

  7. Spinal intradural abscess caused by hematogenous spread of Prevotella oralis in a 3-year-old child with an asymptomatic congenital spinal abnormality. (United States)

    Karatay, M; Koktekir, E; Celik, H; Erdem, Y; Sertbas, I; Bayar, M A


    Case Report. To report a case of spinal intradural abscess caused by hematogenous spread of Prevotella oralis and discuss the treatment. Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey. We report a 3-year-old child with progressive paraparesis who was diagnosed with an intradural spinal abscess, epidermoid cyst and dermal sinus. The patient was treated surgically followed by antimicrobial treatment. Intraoperative abscess culture was positive for Prevotella oralis, which has not been reported before as a single isolate in literature. The patient's neurologic status was significantly improved after surgical treatment. Prophylactic antimicrobial therapies should cover the anaerobic bacteria in spinal intradural abscess. Surgical decompression with laminectomy and duraplasty may be warranted to achieve immediate neurologic improvement in such cases.

  8. Triad of infective endocarditis, splenic abscess, and septicemia caused by Brucella melitensis

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    Shashank Purwar


    Full Text Available A 40-year-old farmer from the district of North Karnataka who had received treatment for high fever of 8 days duration was admitted with fever, dyspnea, and poor general condition. Ultrasonography and echocardiogram revealed multiple splenic abscesses, vegetation on atrioventricular valve, aortic regurgitation (Grade I–II, and mitral valve regurgitation (Grade II–III, respectively. Brucella melitensis was detected in blood culture, and high titers of IgM and IgG anti-Brucella antibodies were observed in Brucella specific serological tests. The patient developed fulminant septicemia and succumbed due to multi-organ failure.

  9. Appendicular abscess as an unprecedented cause of an inferior lumbar hernia. (United States)

    Ali, S M; Subramaniam, S


    Inferior lumbar hernias are uncommon hernias resulting from a defect in the abdominal wall. They can occur during infancy (congenital defect), albeit less frequently, or spontaneously after trauma or surgery with a lumbar incision. With fewer than 300 cases reported over the past 3 centuries, clinical diagnosis is often confusing owing to non-specific symptoms, relating to the gastrointestinal, genitourinary or musculoskeletal systems. We present a case of an inferior lumbar hernia following spontaneous rupture of a retrocaecally tracked appendicular abscess and a brief literature review.

  10. Prandial subcutaneous injections of glucagon-like peptide-1 cause weight loss in obese human subjects

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    Näslund, Erik; King, N; Mansten, S


    Recombinant glucagon-like peptide-1 (7-36)amide (rGLP-1) was recently shown to cause significant weight loss in type 2 diabetics when administered for 6 weeks as a continuous subcutaneous infusion. The mechanisms responsible for the weight loss are not clarified. In the present study, rGLP-1......; BMI 39.0 (sem 1.2) kg/m(2)) in a prospective randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study. Compared with the placebo, rGLP-1 administered as PSI and by CSI generated a 15 % reduction in mean food intake per meal (P=0.02) after 5 d treatment. A weight loss of 0.55 (sem 0.2) kg (P... as a probable mechanism of action of increased satiety, decreased hunger and, hence, reduced food intake with an ensuing weight loss....

  11. A Case of Infective Endocarditis and Spinal Epidural Abscess Caused by Streptococcus mitis Bacteremia

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    Victoria S. Byrd


    Full Text Available A 57-year-old man presented with abdominal pain, hematemesis, and melena. He reported taking high-dose ibuprofen for back pain and drinking several 24-ounce beers daily. Examination was remarkable for icteric sclera, poor dentition, tachycardia, and crescendo-decrescendo murmur at right upper sternal border, radiating to the carotids. Labs revealed leukocytosis, anemia, thrombocytopenia, and elevated liver function tests and INR. Endoscopy demonstrated antral ulcers, duodenitis, and esophagitis. Blood cultures were obtained and broad-spectrum antibiotics started; cultures later grew Streptococcus mitis, and antibiotic coverage was narrowed. Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE demonstrated aortic stenosis and regurgitation, but no vegetation. Repeat blood cultures were negative; however, the patient developed neurological symptoms concerning for cauda equina syndrome, and MRI revealed epidural abscess. Emergent decompression could not be performed as the patient developed hematemesis and required intubation. Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE, initially deferred due to friable esophageal mucosa, was performed and revealed small aortic valve vegetation. Poor oral hygiene was felt to be the probable source of the patient’s S. mitis bacteremia, epidural abscess, and infective endocarditis. The patient’s neurological symptoms resolved without intervention and remaining teeth were extracted. This case demonstrates that Streptococcus mitis can result in clinically significant bacteremia, particularly in immunocompromised patients, including chronic heavy alcohol users.

  12. [Hematogenous meningitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus with sacro-iliitis and multiple abscesses. An infrequent association]. (United States)

    Núñez-Fernández, M J; de Lis-Muñoz, J M; Amigo-Jorrin, M C; Ojea de Castro, R; Cancela, M A; Piñeiro, L


    Meningitis due to Staphylococcus aureus (MSA) is an uncommon infectious condition. It forms from 1-9% of all cases of bacterial meningitis, and is characterized by a high morbidity and mortality. Ever since the first publications dealing with this type of meningitis, two basic mechanism have been described for the development of this infection: post-neurosurgical and hematogenous, also known as spontaneous. Our objective is to present the case of a 65 year old woman who developed hematogenous Staphylococcus aureus meningitis, without any predisposing factors. During clinical investigation, the meningeal infection was seen to be associated with septic arthritis of the right sacro-iliac joint (shown on isotope studies) and with retro-peritoneal and gluteal abscesses (shown on computerized tomography). In this patient the pathological findings were: MSA, retroperitoneal and gluteal abscesses, and unilateral sacro-ileitis. To date such a combination has not been described (Medline search from January 1982 up to june 1996). After analysis of the pathogenic findings of the MSA directly involved in this case we conclude by emphasizing the following points: 1. It is very important to make a thorough search for a primary infectious focus responsible for MSA, completing the physical examination of the patient with imaging techniques (conventional radiology, CT, isotope studies, etc.). 2. Depending on the primary focus found in an MSA, antibiotic treatment may sometimes have to be complemented by other methods of treatment to avoid subsequent complications.

  13. Genital Tuberculosis as the Cause of Tuboovarian Abscess in an Immunosuppressed Patient

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    M. Ilmer


    Full Text Available Background. Although tuberculosis (TB is a major health problem worldwide, primary extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB, and in particular female genital tract infection, remains a rare event. Case Report. A 35-year-old human immunodeficiency virus (HIV seropositive woman of African descent with lower abdominal pain and fever of two days duration underwent surgery due to left adnexal mass suggesting pelvic inflammatory disease. The surgical situs showed a four quadrant peritonitis, consistent with the clinical symptoms of the patient, provoked by a tuboovarian abscess (TOA on the left side. All routine diagnostic procedures failed to determine the causative organism/pathogen of the infection. Histopathological evaluation identified a necrotic granulomatous salpingitis and specific PCR analysis corroborated Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. Tb. Consequently, antituberculotic therapy was provided. Conclusion. In the differential diagnosis of pelvic inflammatory disease, internal genital tuberculosis should be considered. Moreover, physicians should consider tuberculous infections early in the work-up of patients when immunosuppressive conditions are present.

  14. Absceso mamario no puerperal por Finegoldia magna Nonpuerperal breast abscess caused by Finegoldia magna

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    L. Castello


    Full Text Available Finegoldia magna son cocos gram-positivos anaerobios estrictos, cuyas células se disponen en pares, tétradas y acúmulos. Forman parte de la flora normal de la piel, tractos gastrointestinal y genitourinario femeninos, y cavidad oral. La especie se caracteriza por ser asacarolítica y su principal fuente de energía la constituyen aminoácidos y peptonas. Por lo general se la aísla en cultivos polimicrobianos a partir de abscesos y otras infecciones de piel y partes blandas, huesos y articulaciones. En el caso descrito, F. magna fue recuperada en cultivo monomicrobiano, a partir de un absceso mamario no puerperal, que se agrega a los dos casos comunicados en la literatura. La identificación se realizó mediante la determinación de la sensibilidad a los discos de potencia especial, pruebas convencionales, y producción de enzimas sacarolíticas y proteol��ticas. Se efectuó la prueba de sensibilidad a los antimicrobianos por el método epsilométrico. Los agentes ensayados y los valores de CIM (µg/ml obtenidos fueron: penicilina, 0,064; cefalotina, 1; metronidazol, 0,25; minociclina, Finegoldia magna is a species of strictly anaerobic gram-positive cocci, arranged in pairs, tetrads, and clusters. These organisms are components of the normal flora of the skin, gastrointestinal and genitourinary female tracts, and oral cavity. They are asaccharolytic and their major energy sources are aminoacids and peptones. The species is usually isolated in polymicrobial cultures from abscesses, soft tissue infections, bone and joints. In the case herein presented, F. magna was recovered in pure culture from a nonpuerperal breast abscess, which adds to the two reported cases in related literature. Species identification was performed by special potency disks, standard bacteriological anaerobic tests, and production of saccharolytic and proteolytic enzymes. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed by using the epsilometric test. The agents

  15. Abscess in the Lungs (United States)

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  16. Nasolacrimal obstruction caused by root abscess of the upper canine in a cat. (United States)

    Anthony, James M G; Sandmeyer, Lynne S; Laycock, Amanda R


    A 10-year-old, castrated male domestic short hair cat was presented to the Small Animal Clinic at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine with a presenting complaint of chronic, ocular discharge from the left eye. Ocular examination confirmed epiphora and mucopurulent discharge but there were no apparent reasons for the ocular discharge, and nasolacrimal obstruction was suspected. The cat had swelling of the left side of the face, severe periodontal disease and a fractured upper left canine tooth with pulpal exposure. Dacryocystorhinography revealed narrowing of the nasolacrimal duct above the root of the fractured upper left canine and dental radiographs showed a severe periapical lucency at the apex of the upper left canine tooth. The fractured canine tooth was removed. Subsequently, the ocular discharge and facial swelling resolved. After 2 years, the epiphora has never reoccurred. This is a noteworthy case because a suspected root abscess resulted in extralumenal compression of the nasolacrimal duct, which shows the importance of a thorough oral examination when nasolacrimal obstruction is evident.

  17. Image-guided system endoscopic drainage of orbital abscess caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an infant

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    Tan Chai-Lee


    Conclusion: Aggressive management of orbital abscesses in infants is mandatory. Image-guided endoscopic orbital drainage offers precise visualization and a safer technique in a relatively smaller orbit.

  18. A Case Report: Subcutaneous Myiasis Caused by Dermatobia Hominis After a Trip to Brazil

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    Fatma Kamer Varıcı Balcı


    Full Text Available Myiasis is an invasive diseases caused by larvae of various Dipterian flies. Subcutaneus myiasis cases are commonly observed by Dermatobia hominis larvea. A 26-year-old female patient with a history of travel abroad. Brasil diagnosed with subcutaneous myiasis originating from D. hominis. After spending six months in Amazon forests, Brasil, patient observed two small erythematous papules on right lower quadrant abdomen and delicate and itchy in the sacral region. Two larvae removed from the papules were sent to Ege University Medical Faculty Polyclinic of Infectious Diseases and sent to the parasitology polyclinic for the identification of larval species. After the necessary macroscopic and microscopic examinations, D. hominis was obtained as aresult of myiasis effect. Geographically, natural distribution of D. hominis is South American countries. In this case report we want to introduce the mechanism of egg distribution and take attention to the importance of medical history on myiasis cases. Since it is the first case seen in Turkish patients, it is thought to be presented in terms of revealing the importance of anamnesis in myiasis cases.

  19. Subcutaneous dirofilariasis caused by (Nochtiella in Sri Lanka: A potential risk of transmitting human dirofilariasis

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    Nayana Gunathilaka


    Full Text Available Objective: Dirofilariasis is a parasitic infection caused by filarial nematodes belonging to the genus Dirofilaria . Human dirofilariasis due to Dirofilaria repens has been widely reported from European countries. Sri Lanka is the most affected country in Asia with an infection rate of almost 60% in dog population. However, human infection of D. repens remains undiagnosed and many of the cases are not scientifically documented. Therefore, the objective of the present investigation is to document the presence of dirofilariasis infections in humans. Method: A 1 year and 10 months old boy from Ragama, Gampaha District, Western Province of Sri Lanka, was presented to a private hospital with a painless, non-pruritic and ill-defined subcutaneous nodule on his right hypochondrial region of the anterior abdominal wall for 1 week. On examination, there was a non-tender swelling measuring 2 cm × 2 cm in the anterior abdominal wall, with surrounding mild redness. The patient was referred for ultrasound confirmation. Results: The ultrasound scan revealed a hypoechoic nodular lesion measuring 11 mm × 6 mm in the anterior abdominal wall. Parasitological examination on the excised nodule confirmed the presence of D. repens measuring 10.5 cm in length having characteristic cuticle with longitudinal ridges. Conclusion: It is essential to record the human infections and increase the awareness about this infection, diagnostic tests and vector controlling measures, in order to reduce the disease prevalence through suppressing vector densities, proper diagnosis and patient care.

  20. Skin and subcutaneous mycoses in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) caused by Fusarium oxysporum in coinfection with Aeromonas hydrophila. (United States)

    Cutuli, M Teresa; Gibello, Alicia; Rodriguez-Bertos, Antonio; Blanco, M Mar; Villarroel, Morris; Giraldo, Alejandra; Guarro, Josep


    Subcutaneous mycoses in freshwater fish are rare infections usually caused by oomycetes of the genus Saprolegnia and some filamentous fungi. To date, Fusarium infections in farmed fish have only been described in marine fish. Here, we report the presence of Fusarium oxysporum in subcutaneous lesions of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Histopathologic evaluation revealed granuloma formation with fungal structures, and the identity of the etiological agent was demonstrated by morphological and molecular analyses. Some of the animals died as a result of systemic coinfection with Aeromonas hydrophila.

  1. Brodie abscess of the femoral capital epiphysis in a 2-year-old child caused byKingella kingae. (United States)

    Hourston, George Jm; Kankam, Hadyn Kn; Mitchell, Piers D; Latimer, Mark David


    We report the case of a Brodie abscess of the femoral capital epiphysis from which Kingella kingae was isolated. This is to the best of our knowledge the first report of a Brodie abscess of the femoral capital epiphysis from which K. kingae was isolated. 2017 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  2. Cerebral abscess caused by Serratia marcescens in a premature neonate Abscesso cerebral causado por Serratia marcescens em prematuro

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    Tatiana Mattos Hirooka


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cerebral abscesses are extremely rare in neonates. Serratia marcescens is an unusual cause of sepsis and neurological spread is especially ominous. PURPOSE: To report the case of a 34-week neonate who developed this rare condition and to discuss diagnostic and therapeutic measures. CASE REPRT: A 34-week male neonate sequentially developed respiratory distress syndrome, early sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis; later cultures revealed S. marcescens. After deterioration, a cerebral abscess became evident, which revealed S. marcescens. Clinical improvement ensued after high-dose amikacin and meropenem. CONCLUSION: Clinical signs are often non-specific. Proper diagnostic measures, neurosurgical consultation and aggressive antibiotic therapy are essential for these high-risk neonates.INTRODUÇÃO: Abscessos cerebrais são extremamente raros em neonatos. Serratia marcescens é causadora incomum de sepse nestes pacientes e a disseminação no sistema nervoso central é grave. OBJETIVO: Relatar um prematuro de 34 semanas que desenvolveu esta condição e discutir as medidas diagnósticas e terapêuticas. RELATO DE CASO: Prematuro masculino de 34 semanas desenvolveu síndrome do desconforto respiratório, sepse neonatal e enterocolite necrotizante; hemoculturas revelaram S. marcescens. Após deterioração clínica, evidenciou-se um abscesso cerebral cuja drenagem revelou S. marcescens. Houve melhora após introdução de amicacina e meropenem. CONCLUSÃO: Os sinais clínicos são inespecíficos. Passos diagnósticos apropriados, avaliação neurocirúrgica precoce e antibioticoterapia agressiva são essenciais para estes prematuros.

  3. First report of invasive liver abscess syndrome with endophthalmitis caused by a K2 serotype ST2398 hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae in Germany, 2016

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    Pichler, C; Büchsel, M; Rossen, J W; Vavra, M; Reuter, S; Kern, W V; Thimme, R; Mischnik, A


    We report a case of severe infection with liver abscess and endophthalmitis caused by a hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae strain in an immunocompetent German male patient without travel history to Asia. Phenotypic and molecular characterization showed high similarity to the reference genome

  4. Primary cellulitis and cutaneous abscess caused by Yersinia enterocolitica in an immunocompetent host: A case report and literature review. (United States)

    Kato, Hirofumi; Sasaki, Shugo; Sekiya, Noritaka


    Primary extraintestinal complications caused by Yersinia enterocolitica are extremely rare, especially in the form of skin and soft-tissue manifestations, and little is known about their clinical characteristics and treatments. We presented our case and reviewed past cases of primary skin and soft-tissue infections caused by Y enterocolitica. We report a case of primary cellulitis and cutaneous abscess caused by Y enterocolitica in an immunocompetent 70-year-old woman with keratodermia tylodes palmaris progressiva. She presented to an outpatient clinic with redness, swelling, and pain of the left ring finger and left upper arm without fever or gastrointestinal symptoms 3 days before admission. One day later, ulceration of the skin with exposed bone of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the left ring finger developed, and cefditoren pivoxil was described. However, she was admitted to our hospital due to deterioration of symptoms involving the left finger and upper arm. Cefazolin was initiated on admission, then changed to sulbactam/ampicillin and vancomycin with debridement of the left ring finger and drainage of the left upper arm abscess. Wound culture grew Y enterocolitica serotype O:8 and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Blood cultures were negative and osteomyelitis was ruled out. Vancomycin was switched to ciprofloxacin, then skin and soft-tissue manifestations showed clear improvement within a few days. The patient received 14 days of ciprofloxacin and oral amoxicillin/clavulanate and has since shown no recurrence. We reviewed 12 cases of primary skin and soft-tissue infections caused by Y enterocolitica from the literature. In several past cases, portal entry involved failure of the skin barrier on distal body parts. Thereafter, infection might have spread to the regional lymph nodes from the ruptured skin. Y enterocolitica is typically resistant to aminopenicillins and narrow-spectrum cephalosporins. In most cases, these inefficient

  5. Brain abscess caused by Nocardia cyriacigeorgica in two patients with multiple myeloma: novel agents, new spectrum of infections. (United States)

    Pamukçuoğlu, Merve; Emmez, Hakan; Tunçcan, Ozlem Güzel; Oner, Ali Yusuf; Cırak, Meltem Yalınay; Senol, Esin; Sucak, Gülsan Türköz


    Introduction of high-dose chemotherapy and the novel agents including bortezomib, Lenalidomide, and Thalidomide has provided a significant progress in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) with an increase in median overall survival up to 6-8 years. However, the advances in myeloma treatment comes at a price with new spectrum of treatment-related infectious complications which should be taken into consideration while treating these patients. We report here two patients with Ig G λ MM presenting with intracerebral mass lesions in the abscence of constitutional symptoms that would suggest an infectious etiology. Both patients had severe hypogammaglobulinemia and lymphopenia, which was attributed to treatment regimens including bortezomib. Intervention The surgical intervention-revealed abscess in both cases caused by Nocardia cyriacigeorgica, a relatively new pathogen which rarely causes infections in humans and also an unexpected pathogen in myeloma patients. Although every aspect of immune system is known to be affected in MM, humoral immune deficiency is the hallmark of the inherent immune defect in this disease. Introduction of the novel agents, bortezomib in particular seems to have changed the characteristics of the immune dysfunction and the spectrum of the opportunistic infections by causing qualitative and quantitative changes in cellular immunity. The new spectrum of infectious agents might not be limited to hepatitis B and herpes zoster. Monitoring lymphopenia and administration of prophylactic antimicrobial agents accordingly could be considered in patients treated with bortezomib.

  6. Elemental mercury poisoning caused by subcutaneous and intravenous injection: An unusual self-injury

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    Wale Jaywant


    Full Text Available Elemental mercury poisoning most commonly occurs through vapor inhalation as mercury is well absorbed through the lungs. Administering subcutaneous and intravenous elemental mercury is very uncommon but with only a few isolated case reports in the literature. We present an unusual case of elemental mercury poisoning in a 20-year-old young male who presented with chest pain, fever, and hemoptysis. He had injected himself subcutaneously with elemental mercury obtained from a sphygmomanometer. The typical radiographic findings in the chest, forearm, and abdomen are discussed, with a review of the literature.

  7. First report of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis of the foot caused by Phoma minutella. (United States)

    Baker, J G; Salkin, I F; Forgacs, P; Haines, J H; Kemna, M E


    Phoma minutella, a dematiaceous hyphomycete, was isolated to the exclusion of all other fungi from a subcutaneous inflammatory process on the foot of a farmer undergoing corticosteroid therapy for myasthenia gravis. Isolation was achieved on several nutrient media. Examination of stained smears and sections revealed dematiaceous fungal elements consistent with the mold. This is the first reported association of P. minutella with a human infection and only the second reported case involving a Phoma sp. as the etiologic agent of a subcutaneous infection. Images PMID:3429630

  8. Brain abscess and generalized seizure caused by halo pin intracranial penetration: case report and review of the literature

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    Gelalis, Ioannis D; Christoforou, Georgios; Motsis, Efstathios; Arnaoutoglou, Christina; Xenakis, Theodore


    The objective of our study is to report a rare complication of halo pin insertion associated with an epileptic seizure and brain abscess, and to discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to its management...

  9. Hematogenous Pasteurella multocida brain abscess

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    Wallace, M.; Lipsky, B.A.


    A case of hematogenously acquired brain abscess caused by Pasteurella multocida is described. CT scans of the head revealed the lesions in a 67 year old man with mild alcoholic liver disease and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ultrasound examinations of the abdomen and chest and an echocardiogram failed to reveal a source for the abscess. On autopsy examination three encapsulated brain abscesses were found. 34 references, 2 figures, 1 table.

  10. Staphylococcus aureus: incidência e resistência antimicrobiana em abscessos cutâneos de origem comunitária Staphylococcus aureus: etiology and susceptibility profile to antimicrobial agents of skin and subcutaneous cell tissue abscesses from community infections

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    Martin Zavadinack Netto


    profilaxia ou tratamento de infecções por S.aureus, mesmo aqueles de origem comunitária.An analysis of Staphylococcus aureus (Monera, an etiological agent of community infections, is provided. Staphylococcus aureus causes the formation of skin and subcutaneous cell tissue abscesses. Susceptibility profile to antimicrobials used in prophylaxis or therapy of these cutaneous infections will be given. One hundred and seven samples of secretions were collected from January 1996 through July 1997 at the emergency sector of University Hospital of the State University of Maringá, Maringá, state of Paraná, Brazil, from infected patients with skin and subcutaneous cell tissue abscesses. Microbiological evaluation was carried out according to Bayle and susceptibility to antimicrobial was evaluated in vitro through the technique of diffusion in agar according to Kirby. Sixteen antimicrobials used in prophylaxis or therapy of skin and subcutaneous cell tissue infections were evaluated. From the one hundred and seven clinical samples collected from patients complaining of infections with skin and subcutaneous cell tissue abscesses, 71 (66.35% were positive to S.aureus and 36 (33,65% were either positive for other microorganisms, or tested negative. In the evaluation of susceptibility to S.aureus a higher sensitivity to vancomycin (100%, teicoplanin (100%, amikacin (100%, cefoxitin (100%, cephalothin (98.53%, lincomycin (98.53%, gentamicin (98.53%, oxacillin (96,4%, norfloxacin (95.77% and sulfazotrin (95.77% was found when compared to penicillin G (08.45%, ampicillin (08.45%, kanamycin (81,69%, erythromycin (88.41%, tetracycline (90.14 and chloramphenicol (94,36%. Results show that S.aureus is the most frequently isolated microorganism from community infections with skin and subcutaneous tissue abscesses. The susceptibility profile evidences high resistance to penicillins, which restricts the use of these antimicrobials as an alternative in the prophylaxis or treatment of S

  11. Necrotizing cellulitis with multiple abscesses on the leg caused by Serratia marcescens. (United States)

    Hau, Estelle; Bouaziz, Jean-David; Lafaurie, Matthieu; Saussine, Anne; Masson, Vincent; Rausky, Jonathan; Bagot, Martine; Guibal, Fabien


    Serratia marcescens is an unusual cause of severe skin infection initially described in immunocompromised patients. We report a case of necrotizing cellulitis of the leg caused by S marcescens in a 68-year-old woman with diabetes mellitus and a history of chronic lymphoedema of the leg. We reviewed the literature and found 49 cases of severe skin infections from S marcescens that included 20 cases of necrotizing fasciitis (NF) as well as 29 cases of severe skin infections without NF (non-NF cases). Patients were immunocompromised in 59% to 70% of cases. The mortality rate was high in NF cases (60%) versus non-NF cases (3%). Surgery was required in 95% of NF cases and in 24% of non-NF cases. The other clinical manifestations of S marcescens skin infection reported in the literature included disseminated papular eruptions in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus with folliculitis on the trunk. Serratia marcescens is naturally resistant to amoxicillin alone and amoxicillin associated with clavulanic acid. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are indicated to treat S marcescens skin infections, and surgery should be promptly considered in cases of severe skin infections if appropriate antibiotic therapy does not lead to rapid improvement.

  12. Epidural abscess (United States)

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  13. Brain Abscess after Esophageal Dilatation

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    Gaïni, S; Grand, M; Michelsen, J


    Brain abscess formation is a serious disease often seen as a complication to other diseases and to procedures. A rare predisposing condition is dilatation therapy of esophageal strictures. A case of brain abscess formation after esophageal dilatations is presented. A 59-year-old woman was admitted...... with malaise, progressive lethargy, fever, aphasia and hemiparesis. Six days before she had been treated with esophageal dilatation for a stricture caused by accidental ingestion of caustic soda. The brain abscess was treated with surgery and antibiotics. She recovered completely. This clinical case...... illustrates the possible association between therapeutic esophageal dilatation and the risk of brain abscess formation....

  14. Diarrhoea caused by Clostridium difficile in patients with postoperative subhepatic abscess

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    Stojanović Predrag


    Full Text Available Background. Toxigenic strains of Clostridium difficile in the majority of cases cause disease of the intestinal tract of hospitalized patients. For a long time, Clostridium difficile was considered to produce both types of toxins (A+/B+ strain, however, the investigations conducted in the last ten years point to the existence of clinically significant isolates which produce only toxin B, i.e. toxin A negative / toxin B positive (A-/B+ strain Clostridium difficile. Case report. We presented the case of a patient admitted to the Surgery Clinic, Clinical Center Nis due to the presence of calculus in the ductus choledochus. Twenty-four hours after the surgical intervention for calculus removal, the first signs of the operative wound infection began to appear. In the course of infection treatment, different antibiotics were administered (cefuroxine, ciprofloxacin, vancomycin, imipenem. After making etiological microbiological diagnosis and application of antibiotics according to antibiogram results, the signs of the operative wound infection began to withdraw, but the patient reported the abdominal pain and liquid stools with traces of blood (up to 17 stools per day. By microbiological examination, Clostridium difficile was cultivated and the presence of toxin B was detected in the stool samples. The patient was sent to the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, where the causal therapy of mitronidazol was administered. Liquid and electrolytes were made up by substitution therapy. After the eight-day-treatment, the patient felt much better, and diarrheas stopped on the 10th day of the therapy application. Conclusion. Our results have shown that toxingen strains Clostridium difficile are present in our country so this bacterium sort have to be considered in differential causal diagnosis of diarrhoea syndrom. Considering that it can cause difficult form of the disease, it is an obligation to establish the presence of some toxins of Clostridium difficile in

  15. First report of invasive liver abscess syndrome with endophthalmitis caused by a K2 serotype ST2398 hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae in Germany, 2016

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    C. Pichler


    Full Text Available We report a case of severe infection with liver abscess and endophthalmitis caused by a hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae strain in an immunocompetent German male patient without travel history to Asia. Phenotypic and molecular characterization showed high similarity to the reference genome NTUH-K2044 isolated in Asia. The isolate was assigned as ST2398 (clonal complex 66. The findings underline global spread of hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae strains to Europe.

  16. Brain abscess caused by Haemophilus para phrophilus following a dental treatment in a girl. Report of a case

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    Vázquez Toledo María Eugenia


    Full Text Available We report the case of a six year old girl who developed three brain abscesses following a dental intervention (extraction of a tooth two weeks before. The etiologic agent was identified as Haemophilus paraprophilus, a gramnegative microorganism bacillus native mi- crobiota of the oropharynx nasopharynx and the gastrointestinal tract. 1 The patient was given ceftriaxone due to the sensitivity of the microorganism and metronidaole -because we couldn’t discard etiology by anaerobic- during six weeks. Surgical drainage of the abscesses was performed successfully. To date the patient has minimal neurologic sequelae. The importance of this case is that is the second report in the international literature of brain abscess secondary to Haemophilus paraprophilus in a pediatric patient and without associated heart disease.

  17. Interstitial Matrix Prevents Therapeutic Ultrasound From Causing Inertial Cavitation in Tumescent Subcutaneous Tissue. (United States)

    Koulakis, John P; Rouch, Joshua; Huynh, Nhan; Dubrovsky, Genia; Dunn, James C Y; Putterman, Seth


    We search for cavitation in tumescent subcutaneous tissue of a live pig under application of pulsed, 1-MHz ultrasound at 8 W cm -2 spatial peak and pulse-averaged intensity. We find no evidence of broadband acoustic emission indicative of inertial cavitation. These acoustic parameters are representative of those used in external-ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty and in physical therapy and our null result brings into question the role of cavitation in those applications. A comparison of broadband acoustic emission from a suspension of ultrasound contrast agent in bulk water with a suspension injected subcutaneously indicates that the interstitial matrix suppresses cavitation and provides an additional mechanism behind the apparent lack of in-vivo cavitation to supplement the absence of nuclei explanation offered in the literature. We also find a short-lived cavitation signal in normal, non-tumesced tissue that disappears after the first pulse, consistent with cavitation nuclei depletion in vivo. Copyright © 2018 World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Anal Abscess/Fistula (United States)

    ... and Fistula Expanded Information | ASCRS WHAT IS AN ANAL ABSCESS OR FISTULA? An anal abscess is an ... fistula tract and identifying internal openings. TREATMENT OF ANAL ABSCESS The treatment of an abscess is surgical ...

  19. Iliacus abscess with radiculopathy mimicking herniated nucleus ...

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    An iliacus abscess is an extremely rare cause of low back pain. With an iliacus abscess, the classical signs seen with a psoas abscess are frequently absent. Therefore, a timely diagnosis at the initial visit is difficult and inadequate treatment usually results in high mortality. Here, we report the case of 19-year-old man who ...

  20. Posterior Lumbar Subcutaneous Edema on Spine Magnetic Resonance Images: What Is the Cause?

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    Han, Ga Jin; Lee, In Sook; Han, In Ho; Lee, Jung Sub [Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Tae Yong [Dept. of Radiology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan (Korea, Republic of); Song, Jong Woon [Dept. of Radiology, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    Posterior lumbar subcutaneous (PLS) edema on spine magnetic resonance (MR) images is a common incidental, though neglected finding. This study was undertaken to investigate the relations between PLS edema and pathologic conditions. Between January and December 2009, 138 patients with PLS edema, but without a spinal tumor or a history of recent surgery or trauma, and 80 infectious spondylitis patients without PLS edema were enrolled in this retrospective study. Available medical records and lumbar spine MR images were evaluated. The degree of edema was quantified using an arbitrary scoring system. Further, the correlations between the degree of edema and age, sex, body mass index (BMI), degeneration of posterior spinal structures (PSS) and infectious spondylitis were analyzed. Of the 93 cases with a calculable BMI, 61 (66%) had a BMI of > 23 kg/m2. Correlations between the degree of edema and sex, age and BMI grade were all statistically non-significant. Thirty-three cases (24%) had an underlying disease, such as heart problem, diabetes mellitus, liver cirrhosis, chronic renal failure, extra-spinal tumor or connective tissue disorder. The numbers of cases with infectious spondylitis and an idiopathic condition was 61 (44%) and 44 (32%), respectively. The grade of infectious spondylitis was not found to be significantly associated with the degree of edema (p = 0.084). In cases with an idiopathic condition, the correlation between the degree of edema and PSS degeneration was statistically significant (p = 0.042). Radiologists should not disregard PLS edema, because it is related to an underlying disease and thus may be of clinical significance.

  1. Necrotizing Pneumonia Caused by Panton-Valentine Leucocidin-Producing Staphylococcus aureus Originating from a Bartholin's Abscess

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    N. Jung


    Full Text Available Background. Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL-producing Staphylococcus aureus is emerging as a serious problem worldwide. There has been an increase in the incidence of necrotizing lung infections in otherwise healthy young people with a very high mortality associated with these strains. Sporadic severe infectious complications after incision of Bartholin's abcesses have been described but involvement of S. aureus is rare. Case report. We present a 23-year-old apparently healthy female patient without any typical predisposing findings who developed severe sepsis with necrotizing pneumonia and multiple abscesses following incision of a Bartholin's abscess. Methicillin-sensitive S. aureus harbouring Panton-Valentine leucocidin genes were cultured from the abscess fluid, multiple blood cultures and a postoperative wound swab. Aggressive antibiotic therapy with flucloxacillin, rifampicin and clindamycin, drainage and intensive supportive care lead finally to recovery. Conclusions. S. aureus, in particular PVL-positive strains, should be considered when a young, immunocompetent person develops a fulminant necrotizing pneumonia. Minor infections—such as Bartholin's abscess—can precede this life-threating syndrome. Bactericidal antistaphylococcal antibiotics are recommended for treatment, and surgical procedures may become necessary.

  2. Absceso recidivante por Nocardia asteroides en una paciente portadora de poliglobulia primaria Recurrent brain abscess caused by Nocardia asteroides in a patient with primary polycythaemia

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    Carlos Aboal


    Full Text Available La nocardiosis del sistema nervioso central (SNC es una enfermedad poco común, cuya frecuencia ha aumentado con el crecimiento de los tratamientos inmunosupresores. El hombre se infecta por inhalación, inoculación traumática cutánea directa y tras una infección periodontal ingiriendo alimentos contaminados. La localización pulmonar es la más frecuente, siendo la fuente inicial de diseminación hemática, con predominio en piel, tejido celular subcutáneo y SNC. Es conocida la predilección de Nocardia por el SNC. Estos abscesos, asociados a altos índices de mortalidad, especialmente en pacientes inmunocomprometidos, siguen constituyendo un desafío diagnóstico y terapéutico, permaneciendo no aclarado su manejo terapéutico óptimo. A pesar de la controversia en cuanto al manejo quirúrgico de estas lesiones, el diagnóstico precoz, por aspiración esterotáxica, y la iniciación de una terapia antimicrobiana son esenciales para la buena evolución del paciente. Se presenta una paciente portadora de una poliglobulia primaria, con absceso cerebral recidivante por Nocardia asteroides de posible origen dentario.Nocardiosis of the central nervous system (CNS is an uncommon disease, but its frequency has increased due to the high number of immunosuppressive treatments. People become infected by inhalation, direct traumatic cutaneous inoculation and eating contaminated food after a periodontal abscess. Lung localization is the most frequent one, being the origin of haematic dissemination, with a high incidence in skin, subcutaneous tissue and the CNS. The preference of Nocardia for the CNS is well-known. These abscesses are a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, since they are associated to high mortality rates, specially in immunocompromised patients; the best therapeutic management remains unclear. In spite of the existing controversy with regard to the surgical management of these lesions, an early diagnosis through stereotactic

  3. Efficacy of ceftriaxone and gentamicin in an abscess model. (United States)

    Rubinstein, E; Pritsch, M; Mark, Z; Spicehandler, J


    The therapeutic efficacy of ceftriaxone and gentamicin was investigated in a foreign body induced abscess model in the rat by implanting a dialysis tube contaminated with Klebsiella pneumoniae into the subcutaneous tissue. Animals were treated for four days with ceftriaxone, gentamicin, and their combination starting immediately following or 48 h after the implantation. Peak free ceftriaxone and gentamicin abscess fluid levels were 4.3 and 2.6 mcg/ml, which were 7.3% and 37.5% of peak blood levels respectively. Both agents persisted longer in abscess fluid than in blood. Ceftriaxone inhibited the development of abscess formation when administered shortly after the implantation of the contaminated foreign body whereas gentamicin alone was without beneficial effect. When administered after 48 h ceftriaxone was less effective than immediately after implantation and gentamicin was again without any therapeutic effect. The effect of the combination of ceftriaxone and gentamicin was slightly better than ceftriaxone alone. Low oxygen tension may be an explanation for the lack of bactericidal effect of gentamicin. Ceftriaxone may be more suitable for the therapy of closed space infections caused by susceptible microorganisms than gentamicin.

  4. Jejunal diverticulitis: an unusual cause of an intra-abdominal abscess - coronal Computed Tomography reconstruction can aid the diagnosis

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    Jim Virjee


    Full Text Available Jejunal diverticulitis is a rare condition that can present with an acute abdomen and be referred for imaging.  We present the case of an elderly patient who at CT was diagnosed with an intra-abdominal abscess involving both jejunum and transverse colon. However, the underlying eitiology was not initially clear until small bowel barium follow-through.Pertinent points regarding CT findings in jejunal diverticulitis are discussed, and practical recommendations in small bowel diverticulum recognition and diagnosis are made. 

  5. Community-acquired soft-tissue pyogenic abscesses in Mulago ...

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    Background: Clinical practice, for a long time, has dwelt on study and management of pyogenic abscesses without distinction between nosocomial and community-acquired types. This study aimed at identifying the bacteria isolated from community-acquired acute subcutaneous and soft tissue pyogenic abscesses.

  6. Abscess forming ability of streptococcus milleri group: synergistic effect with Fusobacterium nucleatum. (United States)

    Nagashima, H; Takao, A; Maeda, N


    The abscess forming abilities of "Streptococcus milleri" strains (Streptococcus constellatus, Streptococcus anginiosus, and Streptococcus intermedius) isolated from dentoalveolar abscesses and the synergistic effect of Fusobacterium nucleatum co-inoculated with the isolates were examined on a mouse subcutaneous abscess model. Five days after inoculation, all S. milleri strains formed abscesses, which showed less pathological spread to surrounding connective tissues than those formed by Staphylococcus aureus 209P strain and were similar to those by F. nucleatum ATCC25586. When each S. milleri strain and F. nucleatum were co-inoculated, abscess sizes and each bacterial number recovered from abscesses increased in comparison to those treated by bacterial mono-inoculation of each S. milleri strain or F. nucleatum alone. The strongest synergistic effect was observed in the combination of S. constellatus and F. nucleatum. In a time course experiment with this combination, the recovery of S. constellatus subsequently decreased after the decrement of F. nucleatum, and it appeared that the association with F. nucleatum maintained the bacterial number of S. constellatus in the abscess. The cell-free supernatant of F. nucleatum had a tendency to increase the abscess size caused by S. constellatus in this model. When S. constellatus was cultured with F. nucleatum culture supernatant in vitro, growth enhancement in the early phase was observed. Furthermore, the phagocytic killing of S. constellatus by human polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) was significantly suppressed and the PMN membranes appeared to be injured by addition of the F. nucleatum culture supernatant. These results suggest that the pathogenicity of S. milleri strains in odontogenic infections may be enhanced by the co-existence of F. nucleatum.

  7. Prospective study of Streptococcus milleri hepatic abscess. (United States)

    Corredoira, J; Casariego, E; Moreno, C; Villanueva, L; López; Varela, J; Rodríguez, A; Alonso, P; Coira, A


    Thirty-seven cases of microbiologically demonstrated pyogenic hepatic abscess were observed in a prospective study over a seven-year period. Biliary disease was the most common source of liver abscess (42%). Streptococcus milleri was the most common cause of hepatic abscess, accounting for 51% of the cases. Hepatic abscess is due to Streptococcus milleri clinically distinct from other forms of pyogenic liver abscess due to its torpid nature and the longer duration of its symptoms [42 vs. 11 days]. Occult hepatic abscess should be suspected if the blood culture is positive for Streptococcus milleri, since 28% of bacteremia cases due to Streptococcus milleri stem from hepatic abscesses. It is important to distinguish Streptococcus milleri from other members of the viridans streptococci group, which are frequently isolated as contaminants, but only exceptionally cause hepatic abscess. Unlike other pyogenic hepatic abscesses, those caused by Streptococcus milleri are frequently monomicrobial (79%). In the present study, empirical therapy of pyogenic hepatic abscess always included a drug that is effective against Streptococcus milleri.

  8. Peritonsillar abscess

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    Sørensen, J A; Godballe, C; Andersen, N H


    The occurrence of disease in the remaining tonsil after unilateral tonsillectomy à chaud in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess, was studied in 536 patients. No patient had a history of previous severe tonsillitis at the time of the unilateral tonsillectomy, 6.1 per cent of the patients were...... readmitted for surgery of the remaining tonsil during the follow-up period. Ninety-seven per cent of these patients were younger than 30 years of age. Previous investigations have shown increasing frequency by age of pharyngitis after bilateral tonsillectomy. We suggest bilateral tonsillectomy in all cases...

  9. Submasseteric abscess: A rare head and neck abscess

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    Ashutosh Rai


    Full Text Available The objective of the article is to highlight and make people aware of a rare abscess which is often missed or misdiagnosed. As only a few cases have been reported, the authors feel that reporting such a case would help in proper management of the disease. We are presenting a 6.5-year-old male child with 3 weeks history of right facial swelling in the parotid region, with low-grade fever and trismus. Submasseteric abscess is a rare abscess which is often misdiagnosed as a parotid abscess or parotitis. Only a few cases have been reported. The cause is mostly dental in origin. Intravenous antibiotics often fail to alleviate the symptoms as this is a closed space and needs prompt drainage. Therefore, awareness of this complication of dental infections is vital for proper diagnosis and timely management.

  10. Invasive Esophageal Candidiasis with Chronic Mediastinal Abscess and Fatal Pneumomediastinum. (United States)

    Aghdam, Mohammad Reza F; Sund, Ståle


    BACKGROUND Invasive candidiasis is a potential problem for patients receiving long-term immunosuppressive treatment. Psoriatic arthritis is one of many chronic diseases that can be successfully treated with immunosuppressive drugs, in spite of a documented and accepted risk for infectious complications. Critical awareness of possible infection must be part of the surveillance of such patients. CASE REPORT This is the case of a 68-year-old Norwegian male, treated with long-term immunosuppression for psoriatic arthritis, hospitalized with acute subcutaneous and mediastinal emphysema of unknown cause. He died of acute respiratory failure with circulatory collapse shortly after admission. The autopsy revealed mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema and a mediastinal abscess containing Candida with probable entrance from the esophagus. CONCLUSIONS We consider invasive candidiasis of the esophagus to be the cause of both the chronic abscess and the acute mediastinal emphysema. This case illustrates the importance of awareness of invasive candidiasis as a possible complication in a patient with long-term immunosuppression.

  11. Streptococcus constellatus and Prevotella bivia Penile Abscess

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    Sandhya Nalmas


    Full Text Available Streptococcus constellatus (S. constellatus is known to cause abscesses in the oral, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal tracts, frequently in association with anaerobic bacteria. We report a rare case of S. constellatus and Prevotella bivia (P. bivia causing a penile abscess, which was successfully treated with surgical drainage and antibiotic treatment.

  12. Schistosomiasis: predisposing cause for the formation of hepatic abscesses? Case report Esquistossomose: causa predisponente para a formação de abscessos hepáticos?

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    Vasco Carvalho Pedroso de Lima


    Full Text Available An adult patient with chronic schistosomiasis from an endemic area, complained about a seven day fever, along with jaundice and lumbar backache on the right side. Image exams showed multiple pyogenic liver abscesses. All the classic etiologies were discarded through clinical, radiological and laboratorial criteria. Schistosomiasis can cause pylephlebitis as a complication, along with immunesuppression, granulomatous reaction with central lobular liver necrosis and a greater risk of infection. The authors suggest that schistosomiasis in its chronic form may be the predisposing cause of multiple pyogenic liver abscesses, especially in endemic areas.Paciente adulto, natural de região endêmica para esquistossomose e portador crônico da doença, apresentava queixa de febre há sete dias, associada à ictericia e dor lombar em região direita. Os exames radiológicos mostraram abscessos hepáticos piogênicos múltiplos, cuja causa predisponente é conhecida, segundo trabalhos da literatura, em 100% dos casos. Através de parâmetros clínicos, laboratoriais e radiológicos todas as etiologias clássicas foram afastadas. Sabe-se que a esquistossomose pode provocar, como complicação, a pileflebite, além de depressão imunológica e reação granulomatosa com necrose lobular central e maior risco de infecção. Os autores deste relato de caso sugerem ser a esquistossomose, na sua forma crônica, causa predisponente para formação de abscessos hepáticos piogênicos múltiplos, principalmente em regiões endêmicas.

  13. Massive subcutaneous emphysema with pneumoscrotopenis ...

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    Chest injury commonly leads to subcutaneous emphysema of the chest, neck and face. It is usually non-life threatening. Massive subcutaneous emphysema may occur and very rarely may spread to involve the scrotal sac and subcutaneous tissue planes of the penis to cause pneumoscrotopenis. This case report presents ...

  14. Cerebral abscess with multiple rims of MRI. (United States)

    Pyhtinen, J; Pääkkö, E; Jartti, P


    We present a patient with multiple brain abscesses caused by Nocardia asteroides. On T2-weighted MRI, multiple concentric rims were seen in the abscess, which could be a finding specific for infection. The rims may be due to organization of the necrotic debris and phagocytoses by macrophages in the capsule.

  15. An emboligenic pulmonary abscess leading to ischemic stroke and secondary brain abscess

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    Albrecht Philipp


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ischemic stroke by septic embolism occurs primarily in the context of infective endocarditis or in patients with a right-to-left shunt and formation of a secondary cerebral abscess is a rare event. Erosion of pulmonary veins by a pulmonary abscess can lead to transcardiac septic embolism but to our knowledge no case of septic embolic ischemic stroke from a pulmonary abscess with secondary transformation into a brain abscess has been reported to date. Case presentation We report the case of a patient with a pulmonary abscess causing a septic embolic cerebral infarction which then transformed into a cerebral abscess. After antibiotic therapy and drainage of the abscess the patient could be rehabilitated and presented an impressive improvement of symptoms. Conclusion Septic embolism should be considered as cause of ischemic stroke in patients with pulmonary abscess and can be followed by formation of a secondary cerebral abscess. Early antibiotic treatment and repeated cranial CT-scans for detection of a secondary abscess should be performed.

  16. Urinary Tract Infection Caused byCitrobacter koseriin a Patient With Spina Bifida, an Ileal Conduit and Renal Caluli Progressing to Peri-nephric Abscess and Empyema. (United States)

    Stewart, Zachary E; Shaker, Mohammed; Baxter, J David


    Urological problems are common in spina bifida and are often treated with urinary diversions. Spina bifida and ileal conduits put patients at increased risk for ascending urinary tract infections. Here we present a novel case of a Citrobacter koseri urinary tract infection complicated by a perinephric abscess with pleural extension. To our knowledge, no case of an ascending C. koseri UTI progressing to peri-nephric abscess and empyema by direct extension exists in the literature.

  17. Urinary Tract Infection Caused by Citrobacter koseri in a Patient With Spina Bifida, an Ileal Conduit and Renal Caluli Progressing to Peri-nephric Abscess and Empyema

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    Zachary E. Stewart


    Full Text Available Urological problems are common in spina bifida and are often treated with urinary diversions. Spina bifida and ileal conduits put patients at increased risk for ascending urinary tract infections. Here we present a novel case of a Citrobacter koseri urinary tract infection complicated by a perinephric abscess with pleural extension. To our knowledge, no case of an ascending C. koseri UTI progressing to peri-nephric abscess and empyema by direct extension exists in the literature.

  18. Subcutaneous Injections

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    Thomsen, Maria

    This thesis is about visualization and characterization of the tissue-device interaction during subcutaneous injection. The tissue pressure build-up during subcutaneous injections was measured in humans. The insulin pen FlexTouchr (Novo Nordisk A/S) was used for the measurements and the pressure...... build-up was evaluated indirectly from the changes in the flow rate between subcutaneous injections and air injections. This method enabled the tissue counter pressure to be evaluated without a formal clinical study approval. The measurements were coupled to a model for the pressure evolution...... in subcutaneous tissue, based on mass conservation and flow in a porous medium. From the measurements the flow permeability and bulk modulus of the tissue were determined. In the adipose tissue the drug forms a bolus from where it is absorbed by the blood capillaries. The spatial distribution of the injected...

  19. Successful management of a cerebral abscess secondary to chronic cholesteatoma caused by Prevotella melaninogenica and Peptococcus anaerobius – A case report and literature review

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    Carlo Gulì


    Full Text Available Cerebral abscess following cholesteatomatous otomastoiditis is a life-threatening complication and poses diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. We report a case of life-threatening cerebritis and cerebral abscess due to a collection of pus from an aerobic super infections occurring months after the apparent resolution of an otogenic brain abscess in a 67-year-old immunocompetent Italian female. Two gram-positive anaerobic pathogens were isolated during secondary neurosurgical procedures and antibiotic treatment was adopted to resolve the complications. Another objective of this study was to review the literature on gram-positive anaerobic pathogens and brain abscess complications in patients with fistula, and to highlight the importance of short imaging in monitoring treatment during long-term antibiotic therapy for otogenic brain abscess to avoid abscess recurrence. Isolating the strain and monitoring response to treatment with magnetic resonance imaging may improve the prognosis. The study also highlights the need for a close cooperation between infectious disease consultants and neurosurgeons.

  20. Bilateral breast abscess: A rare complication of enteric fever

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    Singh S


    Full Text Available Breast abscess is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus in pregnant or lactating females. Salmonella spp. is occasionally associated with abscess formation in various organs, but breast abscess is a very rare complication. In enteric fever dissemination to multiple organ systems following bacteraemia can lead to localized abscess. We report a case of bilateral breast abscess due to Salmonella Typhi in an unmarried 35-year-old female without any predisposing conditions. She presented with fever and painful swelling of both the breasts. S. typhi was isolated from both breasts. Such rare cause must be suspected in females without any evident predisposing factors for effective management.

  1. Complications in pediatric deep neck space abscesses. (United States)

    Baldassari, Cristina M; Howell, Rebecca; Amorn, Melissa; Budacki, Ross; Choi, Sukgi; Pena, Maria


    To determine the incidence and demographic profile of children who develop complications from deep neck space abscess. Case series. Tertiary children's hospital. One hundred thirty-eight patients admitted for deep neck space abscesses between 1998 and 2008. Inclusion criteria were age younger than 18 years and computed tomography scan demonstrating an abscess in the retropharyngeal, parapharyngeal, or peritonsillar spaces. Children were diagnosed with abscess if purulence was encountered on operative incision and drainage. In the first 5 years of the study, 45 children met the inclusion criteria, whereas in the latter 5 years, 93 children were treated for abscesses. There were no differences between these cohorts in terms of age (P = .70), gender (P = .08), abscess site (P = .23), or rate of surgical intervention (P = .83). The total major complication rate was 9.4% (n = 13) with mediastinitis being the most frequent (n = 9) complication. The number of complications between the first (n = 3) and second (n = 10) groups was not significantly different (P = .55). The factors that predisposed patients to develop complications were younger age at presentation and retropharyngeal abscess location. Children with complications were more likely to have Staphylococcus aureus identified as the causative organism (P = .007). Only 1 of 4 children with methicillin-resistant S aureus had a complicated clinical course. Deep neck space abscesses continue to cause significant morbidity in children. Factors that predict complications include young age, retropharyngeal location, and S aureus. Providers must maintain a high index of suspicion to promptly diagnose and treat these complications.

  2. Microbiology and Treatment of Acute Apical Abscesses (United States)

    Rôças, Isabela N.


    SUMMARY Acute apical abscess is the most common form of dental abscess and is caused by infection of the root canal of the tooth. It is usually localized intraorally, but in some cases the apical abscess may spread and result in severe complications or even mortality. The reasons why dental root canal infections can become symptomatic and evolve to severe spreading and sometimes life-threatening abscesses remain elusive. Studies using culture and advanced molecular microbiology methods for microbial identification in apical abscesses have demonstrated a multispecies community conspicuously dominated by anaerobic bacteria. Species/phylotypes commonly found in these infections belong to the genera Fusobacterium, Parvimonas, Prevotella, Porphyromonas, Dialister, Streptococcus, and Treponema. Advances in DNA sequencing technologies and computational biology have substantially enhanced the knowledge of the microbiota associated with acute apical abscesses and shed some light on the etiopathogeny of this disease. Species richness and abundance and the resulting network of interactions among community members may affect the collective pathogenicity and contribute to the development of acute infections. Disease modifiers, including transient or permanent host-related factors, may also influence the development and severity of acute abscesses. This review focuses on the current evidence about the etiology and treatment of acute apical abscesses and how the process is influenced by host-related factors and proposes future directions in research, diagnosis, and therapeutic approaches to deal with this disease. PMID:23554416


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    Gabriela Teixeira Borges


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    Descreveu-se a utilização local do ácido metacresolsufônico associado à nitrofurazona em adição à aplicação parenteral de enrofloxacina, no tratamento de abscessos subcutâneos em 36 animais (22 bovinos, 4 caprinos, 5 eqüinos, 2 suínos, 1 ovino, 1 muar e 1 bubalino. O tratamento medicamentoso foi instituído após incisão, drenagem e lavagem com solução antisséptica para a retirada de quaisquer materiais ainda presentes no sítio da lesão. Apenas dois animais apresentaram recidivas, atribuídas à utilização inadequada da terapêutica e à não-manutenção das regras de higiene no pós-operatório. A associação em questão provou ser eficaz, as incisões para drenagem devem ser realizadas na parte mais ventral da lesão e a resolução do processo patológico deve ocorrer entre o 10° e 15° dias.

    PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Abscesso; ácido metacresolsulfônico; nitrofurazona.

    The utilization of methacresolsulphonic acid topically, associated with nitrofurazone, in addition to the parenteral application of enrofloxacin was described in the treatment of subcutaneous abscesses in 36 animals (22 bovines, four caprines, five equines, two swines, one ovine, one mule and one buffalo. Medical treatment was initiated after incision; drainage and lavage of the abscess with an antiseptic solution were made in order to remove any foreign material which might still be in the lesion. Only two animals showed relapses, attributed both to the inadequate utilization of the therapeutic procedures and to the non-observation of post-operatory hygienic measures. The association of these drugs proved to be effective and the drainage should be attempted in the more ventral area of the

  4. Brain Abscess from a Peritonsillar Abscess

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    J Gordon Millichap


    Full Text Available Researchers at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA, report the case of a 9-year-old immunocompetent girl diagnosed with a left frontal brain abscess accompanied by fever, headache, and weight loss for a 3-month period.

  5. Neonatal orbital abscess

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    Khalil M Al-Salem


    Full Text Available Orbital complications due to ethmoiditis are rare in neonates. A case of orbital abscess due to acute ethmoiditis in a 28-day-old girl is presented. A Successful outcome was achieved following antimicrobial therapy alone; spontaneous drainage of the abscess occurred from the lower lid without the need for surgery. From this case report, we intend to emphasize on eyelid retraction as a sign of neonatal orbital abscess, and to review all the available literature of similar cases.

  6. Systemic lymph node tuberculosis presenting with an aseptic psoas abscess caused by a paradoxical reaction after nine months of antituberculosis treatment: a case report. (United States)

    Yamada, Gen; Nishikiori, Hirotaka; Fujii, Masaru; Inomata, Shin-Ichiro; Chiba, Hirofumi; Hirokawa, Naoki; Takahashi, Hiroki


    A paradoxical reaction during antituberculosis treatment is defined as the worsening of pre-existing tuberculosis lesions or the appearance of a new tuberculosis lesion in patients whose clinical symptoms improved with antituberculosis treatment. The median onset time to the development of a paradoxical response has been reported to be about 60 days after the start of treatment. We report the case of a patient with a paradoxical reaction presenting as a psoas abscess after nine months of antituberculosis treatment. To the best of our knowledge, this manifestation has not previously been reported. A 23-year-old Japanese man presented to our hospital with lower abdominal pain. Computed tomography showed that he had mediastinal and abdominal para-aortic lymph node swellings. Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography showed hot spots in these lymph nodes and in his right cervical lymph node, suggesting a lymphoma. The examination of an abdominal lymph node biopsy specimen showed lymph node tuberculosis, so antituberculosis treatment was started. However, after nine months of treatment, he experienced right flank pain. Abdominal computed tomography showed a right psoas abscess and abdominal para-aortic lymph node swelling. The abscess was treated by percutaneous drainage. After repeated drainage, the psoas abscess subsided and disappeared. The purulent fluid yielded no microorganisms, suggesting a paradoxical reaction. Attention should be paid to paradoxical reactions occurring during antituberculosis treatment for systemic lymph node tuberculosis.

  7. Topically applied Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil causes direct anti-cancer cytotoxicity in subcutaneous tumour bearing mice. (United States)

    Ireland, Demelza J; Greay, Sara J; Hooper, Cornelia M; Kissick, Haydn T; Filion, Pierre; Riley, Thomas V; Beilharz, Manfred W


    Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil (TTO) applied topically in a dilute (10%) dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) formulation exerts a rapid anti-cancer effect after a short treatment protocol. Tumour clearance is associated with skin irritation mediated by neutrophils which quickly and completely resolves upon treatment cessation. To examine the mechanism of action underlying the anti-cancer activity of TTO. Immune cell changes in subcutaneous tumour bearing mice in response to topically applied TTO treatments were assessed by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. Direct cytotoxicity of TTO on tumour cells in vivo was assessed by transmission electron microscopy. Neutrophils accumulate in the skin following topical 10% TTO/DMSO treatment but are not required for tumour clearance as neutrophil depletion did not abrogate the anti-cancer effect. Topically applied 10% TTO/DMSO, but not neat TTO, induces an accumulation and activation of dendritic cells and an accumulation of T cells. Although topical application of 10% TTO/DMSO appears to activate an immune response, anti-tumour efficacy is mediated by a direct effect on tumour cells in vivo. The direct cytotoxicity of TTO in vivo appears to be associated with TTO penetration. Future studies should focus on enhancing the direct cytotoxicity of TTO by increasing penetration through skin to achieve a higher in situ terpene concentration. This coupled with boosting a more specific anti-tumour immune response will likely result in long term clearance of tumours. Copyright © 2012 Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Primary psoas abscess due to Streptococcus milleri. (United States)

    Bagul, Nitin B; Abeysekara, Abeywardana M S; Jacob, Sabu


    Primary Psoas abscess (PPA) is an infrequent clinical entity with obscure pathogenesis and vague clinical presentation. High index of clinical suspicion is required for the diagnosis of psoas abscess. We also emphasises the importance of bacteriological confirmation of microorganism involved, although Staphylococcus aureus remains the commonest pathogen. We report an extremely rare case of PPA caused by Streptococcus milleri. Only one case has been reported in literature so far.

  9. Primary psoas abscess due to Streptococcus milleri

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    Abeysekara Abeywardana MS


    Full Text Available Abstract Primary Psoas abscess (PPA is an infrequent clinical entity with obscure pathogenesis and vague clinical presentation. High index of clinical suspicion is required for the diagnosis of psoas abscess. We also emphasises the importance of bacteriological confirmation of microorganism involved, although Staphylococcus aureus remains the commonest pathogen. We report an extremely rare case of PPA caused by Streptococcus milleri. Only one case has been reported in literature so far.

  10. Abscess disease, caseous lymphadenitis, and pulmonary adenomatosis in imported sheep

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    Møller, Kristian; Agerholm, J.S.; Ahrens, Peter


    in the head, neck and shoulder regions close to the regional lymph nodes. Bacteriological examinations revealed growth of Staphylococcus aureus ssp. anaerobius in all animals with subcutaneously located abscesses containing a viscous white-yellow odourless mass. In addition, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis...

  11. Subcutaneous Zygomycosis Basidiobolomycosis

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    Sethuraman G


    Full Text Available Subcutaneous zygomycosis, also known as basidiobolomycosis, is a rare disease caused by the fungus Basidiobolus ranarum. Since its first description in 1954, may cases have been reported. In India, so far only few cases have been described. We report this entity in a 3 year- old female child who had firm to hard swelling of the right upper extremely and chest. Histopathology showed short aseptate hyphae surrounded by eosinophilic material within the granulomatous tissue response, in the subcutaneous tissue. She responded dramatically to saturated solution of potassium iodide.

  12. Fusobacterium Liver Abscess

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    Ben D. Buelow


    Full Text Available Fusobacterium is well characterized as an oropharyngeal pathogen that may induce a septic thrombophlebitis by direct extension of abscess into an adjacent neck vessel (Lemierre's syndrome; its potential for visceral abscess formation, however, remains under-recognized. A 65-year-old man with a recent history of multiple rim-enhancing liver lesions presented to the emergency room with fever and abdominal pain. Based on interval increase in the size of the lesions, abscess was suspected. A liver biopsy was performed, and although no organism could be identified on routine microscopy, Warthin-Starry stain revealed Gram-negative bacilli consistent with an anaerobic Fusobacterium species as the underlying etiology of liver abscess formation. Subsequent anaerobic culture results confirmed the diagnosis. This case highlights the importance of consideration for Fusobacterium infection in the setting of liver abscess if anaerobic organisms have not yet been excluded on initial culture evaluation.

  13. Tamoxifen affects glucose and lipid metabolism parameters, causes browning of subcutaneous adipose tissue and transient body composition changes in C57BL/6NTac mice

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    Hesselbarth, Nico; Pettinelli, Chiara [Department of Medicine, University of Leipzig, D-04103 Leipzig (Germany); Gericke, Martin [Institute of Anatomy, University of Leipzig, D-04103 Leipzig (Germany); Berger, Claudia [IFB Adiposity Disease, Core Unit Animal Models, University of Leipzig, D-04103 Leipzig (Germany); Kunath, Anne [German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), Leipzig (Germany); Stumvoll, Michael; Blüher, Matthias [Department of Medicine, University of Leipzig, D-04103 Leipzig (Germany); Klöting, Nora, E-mail: [IFB Adiposity Disease, Core Unit Animal Models, University of Leipzig, D-04103 Leipzig (Germany)


    Tamoxifen is a selective estrogen receptor (ER) modulator which is widely used to generate inducible conditional transgenic mouse models. Activation of ER signaling plays an important role in the regulation of adipose tissue (AT) metabolism. We therefore tested the hypothesis that tamoxifen administration causes changes in AT biology in vivo. 12 weeks old male C57BL/6NTac mice were treated with either tamoxifen (n = 18) or vehicle (n = 18) for 5 consecutive days. Tamoxifen treatment effects on body composition, energy homeostasis, parameters of AT biology, glucose and lipid metabolism were investigated up to an age of 18 weeks. We found that tamoxifen treatment causes: I) significantly increased HbA{sub 1c}, triglyceride and free fatty acid serum concentrations (p < 0.01), II) browning of subcutaneous AT and increased UCP-1 expression, III) increased AT proliferation marker Ki67 mRNA expression, IV) changes in adipocyte size distribution, and V) transient body composition changes. Tamoxifen may induce changes in body composition, whole body glucose and lipid metabolism and has significant effects on AT biology, which need to be considered when using Tamoxifen as a tool to induce conditional transgenic mouse models. Our data further suggest that tamoxifen-treated wildtype mice should be characterized in parallel to experimental transgenic models to control for tamoxifen administration effects. - Highlights: • Tamoxifen treatment causes significantly increased HbA{sub 1c}, triglyceride and free fatty acid serum concentrations. • Tamoxifen induces browning of subcutaneous AT and increased UCP-1 expression. • Tamoxifen changes adipocyte size distribution, and transient body composition.

  14. Mycoplasma bovis associated with decubital abscesses in Holstein calves. (United States)

    Kinde, H; Daft, B M; Walker, R L; Charlton, B R; Petty, R


    Between April of 1990 and March of 1992, calves on a Holstein calf ranch experienced subcutaneous decubital abscesses involving the brisket region, dorsal aspect of the carpus, and lateral aspect of the stifle joints. Fifty out of 2,500 (2%) Holstein calves between the ages of 3 and 12 weeks were affected. Needle aspirates of brisket abscesses from 8 calves and 6 live or dead calves with 1 or more decubital abscesses were submitted for examination. Two of the 6 calves in addition had bronchopneumonia. Mycoplasma bovis was isolated from all abscesses and 1 lung. Formalin fixed tissues taken from the affected areas also revealed M. bovis by immunoperoxidase staining. No evidence of joint involvement was apparent, and no mycoplasma was isolated from the joints adjacent to affected areas. Attempts to isolate mycoplasma from milk and environmental samples were unsuccessful.

  15. Cerebral abscesses among Danish patients with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia

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    Kjeldsen, A D; Tørring, P M; Nissen, H


    Hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a dominantly inherited disease characterized by a wide variety of clinical manifestations, including pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs), which due to paradoxical embolization may cause cerebral abscess.......Hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a dominantly inherited disease characterized by a wide variety of clinical manifestations, including pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs), which due to paradoxical embolization may cause cerebral abscess....

  16. Brain abscess of odontogenic origin. (United States)

    Antunes, Antonio Azoubel; de Santana Santos, Thiago; de Carvalho, Ricardo Wathson Feitosa; Avelar, Rafael Linard; Pereira, Carlos Umberto; Pereira, José Carlos


    Brain abscess is a rare and threatening infection, which is in a suppuration area, caused either by trauma, neurosurgical complication, or by a secondary infection of dental origin complication. The infectious process spread from the start focus can occur in 2 ways: hematogenous or by contiguity. The treatment should ideally be based on the etiological factor excision, combined with drainage and antibiotics as adjuvant; this philosophy is not observed in the reports described in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. This study's goal was to report a case of brain abscess consequent of an odontogenic outbreak, where an adequate treatment was set up, but it was already in advanced stages and had as a result the lethal outcome. Complications from the odontogenic infections have a low incidence, but should never be disregarded, because they can lead to death, as described in this manuscript.

  17. Percutaneous Abscess Drainage (United States)

    ... and devices that monitor your heart beat and blood pressure. top of page How is the procedure performed? Image-guided, minimally invasive procedures such as percutaneous abscess drainage are most ...

  18. Peritonsillar Abscess (For Teens) (United States)

    ... days because doctors use antibiotics to treat tonsillitis. Tooth and gum disease can increase the chances of a peritonsillar abscess, as can smoking — more good reasons to brush your teeth and not smoke. What Are the ...

  19. Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess.

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    Ellanti, P


    Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon entity, the frequency of which is increasing. They occur spontaneously or as a complication of intervention. The classical triad of fever, back pain and neurological symptoms are not always present. High index of suspicion is key to diagnosis. Any delay in diagnosis and treatment can have significant neurological consequences. We present the case of a previously well man with a one month history of back pain resulting from an epidural abscess.

  20. Retropharyngeal cold abscess without Pott's spine | Singh | South ...

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    In adults these abscesses can develop as a result of vertebral pyogenic osteomyelitis, tube‚rculosis of the spine, or external injuries caused by endoscopes or foreign ... We present a case of tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess in an adult woman without tuberculosis of the cervical spine who was managed surgically by ...


    Kim, Jaehwan; Yoon, Hakyoung; Eom, Kidong


    A mixed-breed dog presented with tenesmus, hematochezia, and abdominal distension of 2 weeks duration. Radiography showed a large round mass with a "soap-bubble" appearance and shell-like mineralization in the caudal abdomen. Computed tomography revealed a lamellate mineralized mass 8 cm in diameter and containing air in the descending colon and prostatic abscess. Heterogeneously contrast-enhanced, irregularly thickened colonic wall with intramural and peritoneal free gas indicated stercoral colonic perforation. Surgical intervention revealed a tumor-like giant fecaloma in the descending colon adjoining the prostate with extensive wall rupture and fecal peritonitis. Hypothetically, prostatic inflammation may affect colonic motility with resultant fecaloma formation. © 2017 American College of Veterinary Radiology.

  2. Is there any difference in pyogenic liver abscess caused by Streptococcus milleri and Klebsiella spp?: retrospective analysis over a 10-year period in a regional hospital. (United States)

    Law, Siu-Tong; Kong Li, Michael Kin


    To compare the clinical characteristics of patients with Streptococcus milleri (SM) and Klebsiella spp. associated pyogenic liver abscess (PLA). A retrospective study of patients with PLA due to SM and Klebsiella spp. was conducted. Clinical characteristics, laboratory and radiological features, management and outcomes were analyzed. From 2000 to 2009 inclusive, 21 and 140 patients had SM and Klebsiella spp. associated monomicrobial infected PLA, respectively. A higher incidence of active malignancy occurred in the SM group (14.3% vs. 3.6%, p Klebsiella spp. associated PLA tended to have more complications: bacteremia (61.6% vs. 31.6%, p Klebsiella spp. with regard to risk factors, clinical manifestations and complications. However, both can be effectively treated with a combination of antibiotics and image-guided aspiration with/without drainage. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. [Nitric oxide participation during amoebic liver abscess development]. (United States)

    Ramirez-Emiliano, Joel; Flores-Villavicencio, Lerida Liss; Segovia, Jose; Arias-Negrete, Sergio


    Nitric oxide participates in both physiological and pathophysiological functions, and it plays an important role in the mammalian immune system in killing or inhibiting the growth of many pathogens, including parasites, viruses and bacteria. Entamoeba histolytica is a protozoan parasite that causes amoebiasis, which is characterized by intestinal damage and amoebic liver abscess development. The development of amoebic liver abscess in hamsters is similar to that in humans, whereas mice are resistant to amoebic liver abscess development due to an increase in nitric oxide production. Unlike in mice, amoebic liver abscess development in hamsters is due to an excess in nitric oxide production or possibly to a greater susceptibility of the hamster to damage caused by nitric oxide. Therefore, it could be important to elucidate if, in humans, an excess in nitric oxide production favors amoebic liver abscess development.

  4. Orthodontic Elastic Separator-Induced Periodontal Abscess: A Case Report

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    Talia Becker


    Full Text Available Aim. Orthodontic elastic bands were proposed as being the source of gingival abscesses that can rapidly lead to bone loss and teeth exfoliation. We report an adolescent, otherwise, healthy patient whose periodontal status was sound. Shortly after undergoing preparations for orthodontic treatment consisting of orthodontic separators, he presented with a periodontal abscess for which there was no apparent etiology. A non-orthoradial X-ray was inconclusive, but an appropriate one revealed a subgingival orthodontic separator as the cause of the abscess. Removal of the separator and thorough scaling led to complete resolution of the abscess, but there was already residual mild damage to the alveolar bone. Summary. Failure to use appropriate imaging to reveal the cause of gingival abscesses can result in the delay of implementing treatment and halting irreversible alveolar bone loss. An inflammatory process restricted to the gingiva and refractive to conventional therapy should raise the possibility of a foreign body etiology.

  5. Neonatal orbital abscess

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    Pratik Y Gogri


    Full Text Available Orbital abscess generally occurs in older children but it can rarely affect infants and neonates too. We report a case of community acquired methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA neonatal orbital abscess in a 12-day-old term female neonate with no significant past medical history or risk factor for developing the infection. The case highlights the importance of consideration of CA-MRSA as a causative agent of neonatal orbital cellulitis even in a neonate without any obvious predisposing condition. Prompt initiation of appropriate medical therapy against MRSA and surgical drainage of the abscess prevents life threatening complications of orbital cellulitis which more often tend to be fatal in neonates.

  6. Tongue Abscess: Case Report

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    Carvalho, Thiago Bittencourt Ottoni de


    Full Text Available Introduction: The tongue abscesses are rare even being frequently in touch with trauma, bites, and foreign bodies. It occurs because of the immunological features of the saliva and some histological and anatomical characteristics of the tongue. This work has as objective report a case of tongue abscess occurred in our job, and do a literature review. Case Report: Patient of 76 years, male, assisted with complaint of pain when swallowing with progressive evolution for a week, with a significant deterioration over three days. Report history of the surgery, for dental implant in the beginning of the period. In the admission during the oral cavity examination was evident bulging of nearly 2x2 cm in the middle third posterior of the right tongue, painful to palpation. Was opted the hospitalization of the patient. Was required a MRI that showed suggestive lesions of abscess in the base of the tongue in the right side. Was submitted to a clinical treatment with antibiotic therapy and surgical drainage. The patient recovered uneventfully. Discussion: The clinical manifestation from the tongue abscess can be varied. The diagnosis must be done by clinic history, correlating risk factors associated, physical exam and the confirmatory imaging exams. The etiology and the differential diagnosis must be considered depending of the place of the clinical manifestation. The approach must include the permeability of airway, clinical support, and systemic antibiotic therapy and abscess drainage. Final Considerations: The abscess of the tongue must go in the differential diagnosis of bulging of the tongue being conducted with the antibiotic therapy and surgical drainage in a daily basis.

  7. Management of pediatric orbital cellulitis and abscess. (United States)

    Bedwell, Joshua; Bauman, Nancy M


    Orbital cellulitis and abscess formation in pediatric patients usually arises as a complication of acute sinusitis and if untreated may cause visual loss or life-threatening intracranial complications. This review describes the current evaluation and management of this condition. Computed tomography with contrast remains the optimal imaging study for orbital inflammation. Orbital inflammation is still classified by Chandler's original description as preseptal or postseptal and nearly all cases of preseptal cellulitis are managed with oral antibiotics. Most cases of postseptal cellulitis are managed with intravenous antibiotics, although surgical therapy is required for some abscesses, particularly large ones. Patients under 9 years respond to medical management more frequently than older patients but recent studies confirm that even children over 9 with small or moderate-sized abscesses and normal vision deserve a medical trial before surgical intervention. Medial subperiosteal abscesses that fail medical therapy are usually drained endoscopically, whereas lateral or intraconal abscesses require an open procedure. Periorbital complications of sinusitis in pediatric patients often respond to medical therapy but may require surgical intervention to prevent serious complications. Continuous in-house evaluation of patients is necessary to observe for progression of symptoms and to optimize outcome.

  8. Actinomyces meyeri brain abscess following dental extraction. (United States)

    Clancy, U; Ronayne, A; Prentice, M B; Jackson, A


    We describe the rare occurrence of an Actinomyces meyeri cerebral abscess in a 55-year-old woman following a dental extraction. This patient presented with a 2-day history of hemisensory loss, hyper-reflexia and retro-orbital headache, 7 days following a dental extraction for apical peridonitis. Neuroimaging showed a large left parietal abscess with surrounding empyema. The patient underwent craniotomy and drainage of the abscess. A. meyeri was cultured. Actinomycosis is a rare cause of cerebral abscess. The A. meyeri subtype is particularly rare, accounting for less than 1% of specimens. This case describes an unusually brief course of the disease, which is usually insidious. Parietal lobe involvement is unusual as cerebral abscesses usually have a predilection for the frontal and temporal regions of the brain. Although there are no randomised trials to guide therapy, current consensus is to use a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotics, followed by 6-12 months of oral therapy. 2015 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  9. Cerebral candida abscess in an infant

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    Baradkar V


    Full Text Available Brain abscess is uncommon in the pediatric population. Here, we report one such case due to Candida albicans in one-year-old infant, without any predisposing factors. The child presented with progressively increasing size of head circumference. The diagnosis was confirmed by CT scan of brain and microbiological investigations on the drained pus material. The patient responded to combination of surgery (drainage and intravenous amphotericin B. Neurological development six months after hospital discharge was normal. The organism being a rare cause of cerebral abscess in pediatric population is reported here.

  10. Unexpected lumbar abscess due to scarification wet cupping: a case report. (United States)

    Turtay, Muhammet Gokhan; Turgut, Kasım; Oguzturk, Hakan


    This case presents a rare cause of lumbar abscess. A 51-year-old male patient was admitted to the emergency department with a complaint of lumbar pain. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging revealed a lumbar abscess. The abscess was treated with drainage of the abscess and antibiotic. Scarification wet cupping therapy should be taken into consideration as a rare cause of lumbar abscesses in patients who present with skin findings indicative of scarification. Scarification wet cupping therapy practitioners must pay attention to hygienic measures. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Cutaneous streptococcal abscess treated by photodynamic therapy ...

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    Materials and Methods: Young sheep presenting with abscess in the left forelimb caused by Streptococcus spp. was previously treated with antibiotics. There was no clinical improvement with the treatments, and the bacteria presented sensitivity in vitro. Therefore, Photodynamic therapy associating methylene blue and red ...

  12. Structural characteristics of polysaccharides that induce protection against intra-abdominal abscess formation.


    Tzianabos, A O; Onderdonk, A B; Zaleznik, D F; Smith, R S; Kasper, D L


    Bacteroides fragilis is the anaerobe most commonly isolated from clinical cases of intra-abdominal sepsis. In a rodent model of this disease process, intraperitoneal injection of the capsular polysaccharide complex (CPC) from B. fragilis provokes abscess formation, while subcutaneous administration of this complex confers protection against B. fragilis-induced intra-abdominal abscesses. The CPC consists of two discrete polysaccharides, polysaccharides A and B (PS A and PS B), each possessing ...

  13. Subcutaneous Surprise

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    Melioidosis is a zoonotic disease caused by an accidental pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei. The organism is endemic in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. The mortality of melioidosis is 20-50% even with treatment.[1] Melioidosis has been called the “Great Imitator” because the disease does not show any specific ...

  14. Management of peritonsillar abscess

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    controversial subject in otolaryngology. 8 Stronger SP, Schaefer SD, Close IS. A randomized trial for outpatient management of peritonsillar abscess. The generally accepted classic treatment for PTA. Arch Otolayngol (Head and neck survey) 1988; 114:296-8. consists of permucosal aspiration or. OUTCOME. Patients with ...

  15. Brain abscess in childhood

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    Abstract The presentation, treatment and outcome of 98 children with brain abscesses at Red Cross War. Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, is reviewed. Middle ear disease and trauma were the commonest sources ofinfection in 60% ofpatients. The usual presentation was that of meningitis and it is recommended ...

  16. Unusual presence of the immune evasion gene cluster in livestock-associated MRSA of lineage CC398 causing peridural and psoas abscesses in a poultry farmer. (United States)

    Pérez-Moreno, Mar Olga; Centelles-Serrano, María José; Nogales-López, Julio; Domenech-Spanedda, Marie France; Lozano, Carmen; Torres, Carmen


    To characterize a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolate responsible for an aggressive infection (peridural and psoas abscess secondary to haematogenous septic arthritis) in a poultry farmer. Molecular characterization was performed, including spa- and multilocus sequence typing of the isolate, assessment of its resistance phenotype and detection of tetracycline resistance and of virulence and immune evasion cluster (IEC) genes were performed. The MRSA isolate was tetracycline- and fluorquinolone-resistant, and was ascribed to CC398, spa-t1451. The isolate harboured tet(M) (distinctive of livestock-associated (LA) MRSA-CC398 clade) and IEC-type B system (characteristic of the methicillin-susceptible human lineage, but typically absent in LA-MRSA-CC398 strains), and lacked toxin-coding genes lukF/lukS-PV, tsst-1, eta and etb. IEC re-acquisition by LA-MRSA-CC398-LA strains is an unusual finding, but could constitute an emerging public health problem. It would represent an evolutionary step towards LA-MRSA-CC398's adaptation to human hosts, and might enhance its invasiveness and ability to be transmitted to humans. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. All rights reserved.

  17. Liver abscess in neonates. (United States)

    Simeunovic, E; Arnold, M; Sidler, D; Moore, S W


    Liver abscesses are rare in neonates with the majority resulting from an ascending infection via the umbilical and portal veins, haematogenous spread, or via the biliary tree, or via direct contiguous spread from neighbouring structures. They may present in unusual ways often presenting with ongoing sepsis and resulting in diagnostic difficulties. We present the clinical and radiological findings on six neonates with hepatic abscesses and underline the association with misplacement of umbilical line, association with hypertonic glucose infusions and TPN. A retrospective chart review made of six patients diagnosed with hepatic abscesses between 2000 and 2006. Methods included clinical and radiological review as well as evaluation of potential risk factors. Five of the six patients with neonatal liver abscess were of low birth weight and low gestational age (range 30-34 weeks), but one was post mature (42 weeks). Sex distribution was equal and two were HIV exposed (mother positive), two HIV negative with two having an unknown HIV status. Clinical signs included raised infective markers (CRP) (6) and non-specific signs of septicaemia (4), but a tender hepatomegaly (1) and abdominal distension with ileus (1) were also noted. Five were right-sided abscesses (2 associated with malposition of umbilical line) and one central in position. Predisposing factors included association with a misplaced umbilical line with high concentration glucose infusions (2) and tuberculosis was later diagnosed in one. Infective markers (CRP) remained high with positive blood cultures persisting in all. Causative organisms included Klebsiella (3) Staphylococcus (3) [one a multi-resistant staphylococcus (MRSA)], Gonococcus (1) and Enterobacter (1). Abdominal X-ray demonstrated a mal-positioned umbilical line in three patients (50%). Ultrasound (US) proved a reliable method of diagnosis although some difficulty was encountered in interpreting resolving abscesses and trans-diaphragmatic spread

  18. Cellular control of abscess formation: role of T cells in the regulation of abscesses formed in response to Bacteroides fragilis. (United States)

    Shapiro, M E; Kasper, D L; Zaleznik, D F; Spriggs, S; Onderdonk, A B; Finberg, R W


    Although abscesses are a major sequela of infection, little is known about which cellular events initiate and which prevent this pathologic response. These studies are the first to indicate a role for T cells in the important pathogenic process of abscess development and also in immunity to abscesses induced by Bacteroides fragilis. We have shown that T cells initiate the formation of abscesses in mice after i.p. challenge with B. fragilis. These T cells bear both Ly-1 and Ly-2 surface markers. Nude mice (which have been shown by others to have T cell or T cell precursors) are also able to form abscesses. Cyclophosphamide-treated mice (with depressed T cell function) were not capable of developing abscesses. Reconstitution with normal or nude mouse spleen cells restored this ability. However, reconstitution with anti-Thy-1.2-treated, anti-Ly-1, or anti-Ly-2-treated spleen cells (or a mixture of the two cell populations) failed to allow abscess formation after bacterial challenge. Immunity to abscesses caused by B. fragilis requires two T cells. The first Ly-1-2+ T cell has an IJ surface marker and has been shown to release a small m.w. soluble factor (ITF) that is antigen specific. Immunity to abscesses, however, depends on the interaction of ITF with a second Ly-1-2+ T cell, demonstrated in reconstitution experiments with nude mice. The data presented document a critical role for T cells in abscess induction and suggest the existence of a suppressor-like T cell circuit in immunity to abscesses.

  19. Brain Abscess after Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization: A Case Report

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    A.E.M. Berkel


    Full Text Available A relatively new therapy in the treatment of hemorrhoids is transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD. We report a case of brain abscess caused by Streptococcus milleri following THD. Although a brain abscess after drainage of a perianal abscess has been described in the literature, no report exists of a brain abscess following treatment of hemorrhoids. A healthy 51-year-old man with hemorrhoids underwent THD. Two weeks later he presented with a headache, bradyphrenia, flattened behavior and a left hemiplegia. No perianal complaint and/or perianal abscess was present. A contrast CT scan of the cerebrum showed a right temporoparieto-occipital abscess, with edema and compression of the surrounding tissue and lateral ventricles. MRI showed an abscess with leakage in the right lateral ventricle. Treatment with dexamethasone and intravenous antibiotics was started. Because of progression of symptoms, 3 weeks later ventriculoscopy was performed and the abscess was drained. Culture of the punctuate showed S. milleri. Because of developing hydrocephalus 3 days after ventriculoscopy, first an external ventricle drain and later a ventriculoperitoneal drain was placed. Hereafter the hemiplegia and cognitive disorders improved. This case report describes a severe complication following treatment of hemorrhoids with THD which until now, to our knowledge, has never been described in the literature.

  20. A rare case of Fusobacterium necrophorum liver abscesses

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    Faris Hannoodi


    Full Text Available Liver abscesses are an uncommon disease that can present with vague symptoms. Fusobacterium necrophorum causing liver abscesses is a rare condition and only a few cases have been reported. An 88-year-old female presented to her primary care physician with one week of fevers, night sweats, chills, fatigue and vague right upper quadrant abdominal pain. She denied nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and unintentional weight loss. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen showed two liver abscesses in the right lobe as well as extensive diverticulosis. Percutaneous drainage was performed and draining catheters were placed in the abscesses. Culture of the abscess fluid grew Fusobacterium necrophorum. She was treated with ceftriaxone and metronidazole as per sensitivities. Rare cases of F. necrophorum hepatic abscesses have been published. The source of infection described in reported cases included hematogenous spread from dental caries/peritonsillar abscess and those involving the gastrointestinal tract resulting from inflammation of the bowel wall or from inflamed diverticuli via the portal circulation. In one study, thirteen cases of liver abscess due to F. necrophorum were studied, and two of these cases had diverticular disease without inflammation.

  1. Liver abscess associated with an oral flora bacterium Streptococcus anginosus

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    Hava Yılmaz


    Full Text Available Viridans group Streptococcus, a bacterium of the oral flora has a low-virulence and rarely causes liver abscess. A 40-yearoldmale patient was admitted to the hospital complaining of high fever and malaise. A physical examination revealedpoor oral hygiene; there were caries on many teeth, and he had hepatomegaly. A hepatic abscess was identified inhis abdominal tomography. Streptococcus anginosus was isolated from the drainage material, and the bile ducts werenormal in his MRI cholangiography. An immunocompetent case of liver abscess caused by Streptococcus anginosusoriginated most probably from oral flora is presented here. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2012; 2(1:33-35

  2. Looped Penrose Drain for Minimally Invasive Treatment of Complex Superficial Abscesses of the Hand (United States)

    Ugrinich, Marija; Chang, Benjamin


    Complex superficial abscesses are a common occurrence that traditionally have been treated by making relatively large incisions over the surface of the abscess, in order to ensure drainage and access for packing and dressing changes. The authors outline a minimally invasive technique that can be used for draining complex subcutaneous abscesses that extend over a large surface area. It is a simple technique utilizing multiple small incisions and looped penrose drains. This technique has been found to be very effective in many areas of the body and has multiple advantages over traditional incision, drainage, gauze packing, and dressing changes. PMID:19921343

  3. [Periodontal abscess: etiology, diagnosis and treatment]. (United States)

    Vályi, Péter; Gorzó, István


    The periodontal abscess is an acute destructive process in the periodontium resulting in localized collections of pus communicating with the oral cavity through the gingival sulcus or other periodontal sites and not arising from the tooth pulp. The prevalence of periodontal abscess is relatively high and it affects the prognosis of the tooth. Periodontal abscesses can develop on the base of persisting periodontitis but can also occur in the absence of periodontitis. The cause of the development of periodontal abscess originating from chronic periodontitis is the marginal closure of a periodontal pocket, or the pocket lumen might be too tight to drain the increased suppuration due to changes in the composition of subgingival microflora, alteration of bacterial virulence or host defenses. Diagnosis of a periodontal abscess is based on medical and dental history as well as oral examination (pocket depth, swelling, suppuration, mobility, sensibility of the tooth). The most prevalent group of bacteria: P. gingivalis, P. intermedia, B. forsythus, F. nucleatum and P. micros. Previous studies have suggested that the complete therapy of the periodontitis patients with acute periodontal abscess has to do in two stages: the first stage is the management of acute lesions, then the second stage is the appropriate comprehensive treatment of the original and/or residual lesions. The management of acute lesions includes establishing drainage via pocket lumen, subgingival scaling and root planing, curettage of the lining pocket epithelia and seriously inflamed connective tissue, compressing pocket wall to underlying tooth and periodontal support, and maintaining tissue contact. Some authors recommend the incision or to establish drainage and irrigation, or a flap surgery, or even extraction of hopeless teeth. We recommend the use of systemic antibiotics as a preventive measure of systemic disease or in case of systemic symptoms.

  4. 'Streptococcus milleri' aortic valve endocarditis and hepatic abscess. (United States)

    Rashid, Rashid M; Salah, Wajeeh; Parada, Jorge P


    Although well-recognized animal pathogens, group C streptococci are relatively rare causes of human infection. The phenotypically small-colony group C 'Streptococcus milleri' are typically associated with suppurative disease of soft tissue and organs, including liver abscesses, while bacteraemia and endocarditis are distinctly less common. Herein, a case of 'S. milleri' causing both endocarditis and liver abscess in the same patient is reported.

  5. A 15-Month-Old Boy With Respiratory Distress and Parapharyngeal Abscess: A Case Report

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    Behdad Gharib


    Full Text Available Parapharyngeal abscess is a life-threatening disease. Upper respiratory tract infection is the main cause in children. We present a 15-month-old boy admitted to the emergency ward with the chief complaint of difficulty in breathing caused by parapharyngealabscess. His condition deteriorated gradually, and he transferred to the operation theater quickly for abscess drainage and because of the difficulty in orotracheal intubation; a tracheostomy was performed. His respiratory condition deteriorated 2 days after PICU admission, and the medical team noticed an unexplainable respiratory distress. A chest x ray obtained and showed a right side pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema around theneck area. The case presented here, had not been diagnosed at the first examination; however, there were enough clinical clues (such as respiratory distress, drooling, torticollis, bulging of theneck, previous viral respiratory infection, possible pharyngeal trauma. The story of this case reminds us the importance of the precise physical exam and history taking which could be life-saving.

  6. Equine corneal stromal abscesses

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    Henriksen, M. D. L.; Andersen, P. H.; Plummer, C. E.


    The last 30 years have seen many changes in the understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of equine corneal stromal abscesses (SAs). Stromal abscesses were previously considered an eye problem related to corneal bacterial infection, equine recurrent uveitis, corneal microtrauma and corneal...... foreign bodies in horses. They were more commonly diagnosed in horses living in subtropical climatic areas of the world. Therapeutic recommendations to treat equine SAs were historically nearly always a medical approach directed at bacteria and the often associated severe iridocyclitis. Today...... the pathogenesis of most equine SAs appears to be more often related to fungal inoculation of the anterior corneal stroma followed by posterior migration of the fungi deeper into the corneal stroma. There is also now an increased incidence of diagnosis of corneal SAs in horses living in more temperate climates...

  7. Tubercular thyroid abscess (United States)

    Kumar, Awanish; Pahwa, Harvinder Singh; Srivastava, Rohit; Khan, Khursheed Alam


    We encountered a patient who presented with neck swelling, difficulty in swallowing, voice change along with systemic features such as evening rise of temperature, chronic cough and weight loss. Ultrasonography of the thyroid gland revealed two cystic swellings. An ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration cytology was suggestive of tubercular abscess. The patient responded well to antigravity aspiration of the swellings and antitubercular treatment. PMID:23814203

  8. Resolution of innumerable cerebral Nocardia paucivorans abscesses after medical management. (United States)

    Delavari, Nader; Than, Khoi D; Chen, Kevin S; McKeever, Paul E; Wang, Anthony C; Pandey, Aditya S


    Nocardia species are an infrequent cause of brain abscesses. We report a 50-year-old man with Nocardia paucivorans cerebral abscesses. Brain MRI revealed innumerable small ring-enhancing lesions. The patient initially responded to treatment with antibiotics and steroids, but experienced worsening after discontinuation of steroids. Brain biopsy performed to exclude central nervous system lymphoma produced nodular tissue with branching filaments on silver stain. Steroids were re-initiated and tapered slowly. The patient completed 1year of antibiotic therapy, after which he had no neurological symptoms and complete resolution of all brain abscesses on MRI. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Injection site abscess due to mycobacterium fortuitum: A case report

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    Devi DR


    Full Text Available Injection abscess is an iatrogenic infection occurring as an isolated case or as cluster outbreak. These infections occur due to contaminated injectables or lapse in sterilisation protocol. While pathogens such as Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, E. coli, and S. aureus are the usual causative agents, unusual organisms such as mycobacteria, particularly the rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM may cause the abscess. The chances of overlooking these organisms is high unless an acid fast bacilli (AFB smear and culture is done on all aspirated pus specimens. We report a case of a three year old child who presented with a gluteal abscess following an intramuscular infection with an unknown preparation.

  10. Subperiostal Orbital Abscess and Frontal Epidural Abscess Due to Sinusitis: A Case Report

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    Burak Ulaş


    Full Text Available A seventeen-year-old girl was admitted to our clinic with complaint of rubor, swelling, and pain on the left upper eyelid. Her medical history revealed that she had received high-dose oral steroid treatment for one week for the diagnosis of acute angioedema in another clinic. On ophthalmologic examination, her left upper eyelid had edema, swelling, and hyperemia. Additionally, she had restriction in up-gaze in the left eye. Her best-corrected visual acuity was 0.7. The patient’s computerized tomography revealed ethmoidal, maxillary and frontal sinusitis, as well as subperiostal orbital abscess, and frontal epidural abscess. Intravenous antibiotic treatment has been arranged. Due to persistence of the clinical signs, surgical drainage of the abscesses has been performed. Following, she has been discharged from the hospital on oral antibiotic treatment. Postoperatively, at the first-month visit, the left eye’s up-gaze restriction was recovered, and visual acuity was improved to 1.0. If a patient presents with eyelid swelling, differential diagnosis should be performed carefully before making the decision to start steroid treatment. Sinusitis, which is seen frequently in clinical practice, should be kept in mind due to its potential to cause orbital abscess, epidural abscess, and intracranial complications. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2013; 43: 464-7

  11. Amebic liver abscess in Iranian children

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    Khotaii Gh


    Full Text Available Although amebic liver abscess can be a cause of significant morbidity and mortality in all ages, there are few reports dealing with this entity in children. Twenty-four children with amebic liver abscess. Ages ranging between 8 weeks and 14.5 years were managed at the Tehran university hospital of children, Iran, between November 1987, and October 2001. The most frequency presentation was high-grade fever and right upper quadrant pain, associated with tender hepatomegaly, leukocytosis and an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate. The diagnosis was confirmed by elevated indirect hemagglutination titers and ultrasonograpy of the liver. Unlike the experience in adult patients, none of the patients had concomitant jaundice and significant derangement of liver enzymes. The abscesses were likely to be solitary (22 of 24 patients. There were 17 males and 7 females. Most patients (80% were between 8 weeks to 14.5 years of age. In five patients possible predisposing factors were tuberculosis, chickenpox, tetralogy of fallot and thalassemia major. All patients received metronidazole (50 mg/kg/day, followed by a therapeutic course of a luminal amebicide. There was no death despite a mean delay of 15 days before presentation to our hospital. In conclusion a high index of suspicion, early institution of metronidazole therapy and aspiration of abscesses with potential to rupture are believed to have contributed to the better outcome in these children when compared with results in previous reports.

  12. [A case of chronic masticator space abscess]. (United States)

    Hiraki, N; Fujiyoshi, T; Shimizu, T; Udaka, T; Yoshida, M; Makishima, K


    Different neoplasms and infections are known to involve the masticator space, but pathological diagnosis and treatment of these lesions are not always simple due to anatomical complexity. We treated a 66-year-old man with an abscess in the nasopharyngeal masticator space. Physical and CT findings resembled those of neoplastic lesion because the onset dated back 5 years and the patient was lacking in notable signs of infection. Surgery through the maxillary sinus to the lesion enabled us to confirm its pathology and drain pus, with subsequent cure. We noted periodontal infection of the mandibular molars accompanied with osteomyelitis as a cause of this abscess, so infected molars were extracted 13 days after surgery. The infection had spread upward along the mastication muscles, resulting in an abscess in both the upper masseter muscle and the lower temporalis muscle. Based on a review of the literature, most abscesses in the masticator space originate from the mandibular molar, while the most impressive physical finding varied between the submandibular region and temporal fossa, as did its acute or chronic clinical course. Such clinical manifestations appear to reflect the pattern of infection spread along the muscles of mastication and a pattern involving adjacent spaces. We emphasize diagnostic significance when assessing findings for each mastication muscle and mandibular bone depicted using computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and bone-scan technetium.

  13. Drastic therapy for listerial brain abscess involving combined hyperbaric oxygen therapy and antimicrobial agents. (United States)

    Nakahara, Keiichi; Yamashita, Satoshi; Ideo, Katsumasa; Shindo, Seigo; Suga, Tomohiro; Ueda, Akihiko; Honda, Shoji; Hirahara, Tomoo; Watanabe, Masaki; Yamashita, Taro; Maeda, Yasushi; Yonemochi, Yasuhiro; Takita, Tomohiro; Ando, Yukio


    Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) is a rare causative pathogen of brain abscess that is often found in immunocompromised patients. Although patients with supratentorial listerial abscesses showed a longer survival with surgical drainage, the standard therapy for patients with subtentorial lesions has not been established. We report herein a patient with supra- and subtentorial brain abscesses caused by L. monocytogenes infection. These abscesses did not respond to antibiotics, and his symptoms gradually worsened. Drainage was not indicated for subtentorial lesions, and the patient was additionally treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which dramatically reduced the volume of abscesses and improved the symptoms. This is the first report of drastic therapy for a patient with listerial brain abscesses involving combined antibiotics and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The findings suggest that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a good option for treating patients with deep-seated listerial abscesses and for who surgical drainage is not indicated.

  14. Hepatic abscess linked to oral actinomycetes: a case report. (United States)

    De Farias, Deborah G


    Organ abscesses are rare, life-threatening complications that can be caused by bacteremia from oral infections. Metastatic infection is a well-established concept. Dental and periapical infections can cause infections in distant organs and tissues. The frequency of these systemic infections and systemic diseases is open to debate, as some patients are more susceptible to infections than others. This article presents the case report of a 52-year-old woman who was hospitalized with a hepatic abscess after a routine periodontal maintenance procedure. The patient had poor oral health, involving several nonrestorable teeth, multiple failed endodontic treatments, and asymptomatic chronic periapical pathologies. Her dental history included previous diagnoses of moderate generalized chronic periodontitis and advanced localized periodontitis. It was possible that bacteremia developed during her most recent dental treatment, leading to the hepatic abscess. Systemic antibiotic therapy, drainage of the hepatic abscess, and oral rehabilitation resulted in complete recovery.

  15. Primary Retroperitoneal Abscess Complicated with Septic Arthritis of the Hip

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    Full Text Available Primary retroperitoneal abscess complicated with septic arthritis of the hip is an unusual disease. The insidious and occult nature of abscess coexistent with arthritis causes diagnostic delays, prolonged sepsis, and considerably higher morbidity and mortality. We herein present a case of gouty arthritis and avascular necrosis of the femoral head in a 41-year-old woman who complained of fever, right flank pain, body weight loss, swelling over her right lower limb, and 2 weeks of pain in the right hip. The computed tomographic scan showed a huge abscess (about 32 × 10 × 8 cm over the right posterior pararenal space, with swelling of the right psoas, iliac, and obturator muscles. During surgery, the abscess was drained and sequestrectomy of the right hip was performed. Cultures of pus from the retroperitoneum and right hip showed Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. We review the literature and discuss possible causes.



    Mannur; Neelesh; Prashanth


    ABSTRACT: Pyogenic liver abscess is a serious disease, which is potentially fatal if left untreated. In developed countries, pyogenic abscesses are the most common but worldwide, amoebae are the most common cause. We report a 60-ye ar-old diabetic woman with a 2 months history of pain abdomen, 1 month history of high fev er and anorexia who had multiple liver abscess caused by anaerobic Actinomyces species and Enterococcus faecalis and was complicated by perit...

  17. Hepatic Vein and IVC Thrombosis in Liver Abscess

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    Full Text Available Liver abscess, due to amebic or pyogenic etiology, is a relatively common cause of right upper quadrant pain in the tropical countries. Imaging techniques, serological tests, image guided interventional procedures and appropriate therapeutic regimens have significantly reduced mortality; yet the disease is associated with many complications and can be fatal if untreated. Here we describe hepatic vein and Inferior Vena Cava (IVC thrombosis which is one of the rarer complications of liver abscess.

  18. Treatment of localized abscesses induced by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) using MRgFUS: First in vivo results (United States)

    Rieck, Birgit; Curiel, Laura; Mougenot, Charles; Zhang, Kunyan; Pichardo, Samuel


    Background. In the present work we study the therapeutic effect of focused ultrasound on localized abscess induced by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a major nosocomial pathogen in health-care facilities. The people, particularly those who are immunocompromised are prone to develop infectious sites that often are non-responsive to regular treatments. Because of its capability to induce a rise of temperature at a very precise location, the use of focused ultrasound represents a considerable opportunity to propose a new therapy for MRSA-related infections. Methods. A 50μL subcutaneous injection of MRSA strain USA 400 bacteria at a concentration of 7×103/μL was made on the left thigh of BALB/c mice and an abscess of 6±2 mm-length formed after 48hrs. A transducer operating at 3 MHz with a focal length of 50mm and diameter of 32mm was used to treat the abscess. The focal point was positioned 2mm under the skin at the abscess center. Forty-eight hours after injection 4 ultrasound exposures of 9s-each were applied to each abscess under Magnetic Resonance-guidance. Each exposure was followed by a 1 min pause. Real-time estimation of change of temperature was done using a communication toolbox (matMRI) developed in our laboratory. Three experimental groups of 6 animals each were tested: moderate temperature (MT), high temperature (HT) and control. MT and HT groups reached, respectively, 55°C and 65°C at end of exposure. Effectiveness of the treatment was assessed by culturing bacteria of the treated abscess 1 and 4 days after treatment. Spleen samples were cultured to test for septicemia. Results. Macroscopic evaluation of treated abscess indicated a diminution of external size of abscess 1d after treatment. Treatment did not cause open wounds. Bacteria counting 1 day after treatment was 0.7±1.1 × 105, 0.5±0.7 × 105 and 1.1±2.3 × 105 CFU/μl for MT, HT and control groups, respectively; for the 4-day end point, the count was 0.6±0.6

  19. Amebic abscess of urachal remnants

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    Catanzaro, Daniela; Mirk, Paoletta; Carbone, Arnaldo; Macis, Giuseppe; Danza, Francesco Maria


    We report a rare case of amebic abscess of the urachus, mimicking an urachal neoplasm: no previous reports of amebic infection of the urachus were found in the literature. The challenges of the differential diagnosis between urachal abscess and carcinomas based both on clinical and radiological data are discussed.

  20. Amebic abscess of urachal remnants. (United States)

    Catanzaro, D; Mirk, P; Carbone, A; Macis, G; Danza, F M


    We report a rare case of amebic abscess of the urachus, mimicking an urachal neoplasm: no previous reports of amebic infection of the urachus were found in the literature. The challenges of the differential diagnosis between urachal abscess and carcinomas based both on clinical and radiological data are discussed.

  1. Osteomyelitis of skull with underlying brain abscess. (United States)

    Prasad, Rajniti; Verma, Nishant; Mishra, O P; Srivastava, A


    Neonatal osteomyelitis of the calvaria is a rare condition. The present case report describes a 4-week-old infant with osteomyelitis of the right parietal and temporal bones caused by Staphylococcus aureus. CT scan revealed a characteristic "moth-eaten" appearance and multiloculated brain abscess with encephalomalacia, which was successfully treated by appropriate intravenous antibiotics along with surgical drainage . In follow up, baby developed spastic cerebral palsy of hemiplegic type.

  2. Dental abscess: A microbiological review

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    Full Text Available Dental abscess is a frequently occurring infectious process known to the health practice. The fate of the infection depends on the virulence of the bacteria, host resistance factors, and regional anatomy. Serious consequences arising from the spread of a dental abscess lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Acute dental abscess is polymicrobial, comprising of strict anaerobes, such as anaerobic cocci, Prevotella, Fusobacterium species, and facultative anaerobes, such as viridans group streptococci and the Streptococcus anginosus group. Numerous novel, uncultivable and fastidious organisms have been identified as potential pathogens with the use of non-culture techniques. The majority of localized dental abscesses respond to surgical treatment while the use of antimicrobials is limited to severe spreading infections. There is a need for good-quality clinical trials of sufficient size to identify the ideal treatment. The microbiology of the acute dentoalveolar abscess and its treatment in the light of improved culture and diagnostic methods are reviewed.

  3. Late Silent Stent Abscess. (United States)

    Zateyshchikov, Dmitry; Fattakhova, Elvira; Demchinsky, Vladimir; Baklanova, Tatiana; Serebruany, Victor


    Coronary stent infections in general and stent abscesses (SAs) in particular are rare but often deadly complications. Most SAs manifest with fever and chest pain within 30 days after intervention and require antibiotics and stent removal. A 45-year-old man with second ST elevated myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock was admitted to a hospital that had no cardiac catheterization laboratory. The patient underwent fibrinolytic therapy with alteplase but died 1 h later. His medical history revealed posterior myocardial infarction 7 years before, which had been successfully treated with a bare metal stent of the right coronary artery. The post-discharge observation had been unremarkable with no evidence of ischaemia or infection but gross non-compliance. Autopsy revealed complete closure of the left main coronary artery and a surprise additional finding, namely SA; the stented portion of the artery was enveloped by an abscess, and purulent material completely occluded the stent, which was floating in pus. Impressions: Since coronary angioplasty is so common, the incidence of late silent SA is probably higher than expected, especially considering that there is often a lack of clinical manifestations. Clinicians should be cognizant of this complication. More attention may be required to assess the condition of existing stents during repeated interventions. Gross non-compliance and/or early withdrawal from dual anti-platelet therapy may be directly responsible for the development of silent delayed SA.

  4. Coexistence of Colon Cancer and Diverticilutis Complicated with Diverticular Abscess

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    Dursun Ozgur Karakas


    Full Text Available Coexistence of a diverticular abscess and colorectal cancer is an extremely rare phenomenon. The clinical presentation and the extension of a diverticular abscess could cause mis-staging of colon cancer. We are presenting an overstaged colon cancer due to a diverticular abscess penetrating into the abdominal wall. A 65-year-old male patient with a history of an enlarging mass in the left lower quadrant of the abdomen was admitted to our service. Diagnostic studies revealed a sigmoid tumor communicating with an abdominal wall mass. The patient was clinically staged as T4 N1. Exploration revealed a diverticular abscess penetrating into the abdominal wall and a sigmoid tumor. Histopathological examination reported an intermediately differentiated T3 N0 adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon. After an uneventful postoperative recovery, the patient was referred to chemotherapy. [Arch Clin Exp Surg 2015; 4(4.000: 231-233

  5. Lung abscess in a child secondary to Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection

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    E. Ruffini


    Full Text Available Lung abscess is a very rare infectious condition in children and is most commonly encountered as a complication of bacterial pneumonia. We present a case of a lung abscess in a child 6-year-old admitted with a history of right hemithorax pain lasting for 15 days and the onset of mild fever in the last two days. Etiological research showed positivity of IgM antibodies to Mycoplasma pneumoniae after seven days of admission. The child has been successfully treated with antibiotic therapy, without the use of macrolides, for a duration of 4 weeks. Our study suggests that the Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection may predispose to severe infections, such as lung abscess, caused by typical respiratory pathogens. The reported case of lung abscess is one of the few reported in the literature in the modern antibiotic era and is the first preceded by Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection.

  6. Melioidosis Presenting with Isolated Splenic Abscesses: A Case Report

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    Chun-Yu Lin


    Full Text Available Splenic abscesses caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei are rarely reported in Taiwan. Here we report a middle-aged man who presented with fever, chills, and general malaise for several days. Abdominal echo revealed isolated splenic abscesses and he received antibiotics treatment according to the initial blood culture result, Serratia marcescens. However, fever did not subside. Then he was referred to our hospital and meropenem was prescribed. Fever subsided 5 days after the beginning of meropenem administration. Repeated fine-needle aspiration of splenic abscesses drained out the pus, which was cultured as B. pseudomallei. He was finally diagnosed as a case of melioidosis based on microbiological evidence. Physicians must take melioidosis into consideration when splenic abscesses are encountered clinically.

  7. Balantidium Coli liver abscess: first case report from India. (United States)

    Kapur, P; Das, A K; Kapur, P R; Dudeja, M


    Protozoal infections are common in the tropics. Amoebic colitis is the commonest of these infections and can lead to liver abscess as a complication. Balantidium coli is a rare free moving protozoal parasite which is known to infest human large intestine causing a type of colitis very similar to that caused by Entamoeba histolytica. However this pathogen is not known to cause liver invasion in humans. We report here a case of liver abscess caused by B. coli, which is probably the first such case reported in Indian literature.

  8. A Rare Complication of Brucellosis: Testicular Abscess

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    Ümit Gul


    Full Text Available Brucellosis is a zoonosis caused by Brucella species. Brucella epididymo-orchitis had been reported in up to 20% of patients with brucellosis. This case was a male patient who developed Brucella epidiymo-orchitis and testicular abscess. He had fever, arthralgia and his right epididymis and right testicle were enlarged and tender. Ultrasound evaluation showed hypertrophy of the right epididymis and testis and moreover hypoechoic area within the testis. Brucella serology was positive and the patient did not respond completely to treatment with streptomycin, doxycycline, and rifampicina. Unilateral orchidectomy was decided. In areas where brucella infection is endemic brucella epididymo-orchitis should be considered in the differential diagnosis. Effective and rapid treatment is important. It should be noted that these patients may develop testicular abscess.

  9. Orbital abscess: Management and outcome

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    N Suneetha


    Full Text Available Purpose: To discuss the diagnosis, management and outcome of various types of orbital abscess. Methods: The medical records of 13 patients diagnosed and treated for orbital abscess were reviewed. The sources of infection included: paranasal sinusitis (n = 5, odontogenic origin of infection (n = 4, one each, temporal fossa abscess, palatal abscess, furuncle on the nose, and secondary to retrobulbar injection of steroid. Computed tomographic scans revealed the presence of an abscess in all 13 cases. Associated findings on CT scan included: sinus disease (n = 8, cavernous sinus thrombosis (n = 2 and subdural empyema (n = 2. All patients were treated with intensive, multiple, intravenous antibiotics and early surgical drainage. Results: Purulent material collected surgically from the orbit cultured Staphylococcus aureus (n = 3, two each Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis, Acinetobacter species and one each β-haemolytic Streptococci, Citrobacter frundi and Enterobacter. Final visual acuity was good in 6 patients (6/12 - 6/6 and no light perception in 6 others. Visual acuity could not be recorded in the infant. The other complications were intracranial abscess (n = 4, cavernous sinus thrombosis (n = 2 and restricted ocular motility (n = 1. Conclusions: A high index of suspicion is necessary, along with early institution of appropriate diagnostic imaging, and aggressive medical and surgical treatment for a favourable outcome in cases of orbital abscess.

  10. An 81-year-old male with iliopsoas abscess by Streptococcus sanguis. (United States)

    dos Santos, Vitorino Modesto; Fachinelli, Leticia Rita; Farage, Luciano; de Souza Lima, Gylseanne; Machado de Carvalho, Maira Rocha; Nogueira de Andrade, Igor Gabriel


    Iliopsoas muscle abscess is an uncommon condition, which has been growing in incidence. We describe a primary iliopsoas abscess by Streptococcus sanguis affecting an 81-year-old man cured by antibiotic therapy and aspiration procedure. The objective is to enhance the suspicion index about the iliopsoas abscess that may be mistaken for other causes of acute abdomen. The important diagnostic role of abdominal imaging studies is also emphasised.

  11. Thoracic epidural abscess. (United States)

    Liem, L K; Rigamonti, D; Wolf, A L; Robinson, W L; Edwards, C C; DiPatri, A


    Twenty-one cases of thoracic spinal epidural abscess occurring over a 10-year period were retrospectively reviewed. Diagnosis was made by MRI or myelography and confirmed in the operative cases. A bacterial agent was isolated in 18 of the cases (86%). When measured, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate was elevated in all cases. Four patients who presented without neurologic deficits remained intact. All patients who presented with neurological deficits underwent surgical intervention in addition to intravenous antibiotics. Of the 15 patients who presented with a paraparesis of less than antigravity strength, five eventually were independent ambulators and continent. A good outcome resulted in 80% of those who underwent decompression within 24 h, as opposed to only 10% of the patients decompressed after 24 h. Good results can be obtained despite severe neurologic compromise when treated by rapid diagnosis and decompression of the spinal canal.

  12. Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Presenting with Streptococcus intermedius Cerebral Abscess

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    Rabih Nayfe


    Full Text Available Background. Cerebral abscess is caused by inoculation of an organism into the brain parenchyma from a site distant from the central nervous system. Streptococcus intermedius (S. intermedius is a commensal organism that is normally present in the aerodigestive tract and was reported to be the cause of brain abscesses after esophageal dilatation or upper endoscopy. Case Presentation. We report the case of a 53-year-old female who presented with hematemesis and melena followed by left-sided weakness. Initially, her hemiplegia was found to be secondary to a right thalamic brain abscess caused by S. intermedius. Investigations led to the diagnosis of a mid-esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. We hypothesize that the cause of the abscess with this bacterium that naturally resides in the digestive tract and oral cavity is secondary to hematogenous spread from breach in the mucosal integrity from ulceration due to the cancer. Conclusion. To our knowledge, our case is the first in the literature to describe a brain abscess caused by S. intermedius in association with a previously undiagnosed esophageal squamous cell carcinoma without any prior esophageal intervention.

  13. Subcutaneous granuloma annulare

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    Dhar Sandipan


    Full Text Available Two cases of subcutaneous granuloma annulare are reported. Clinical presentation was in the form of hard subcutaneous nodules, histopathology confirmed the clinical diagnosis. The cases were unique because of onset in adult age, occurrence over unusual sites and absence of classical lesions of granuloma annulare elsewhere.

  14. Cervical Epidural and Retropharyngeal Abscess Induced by a Chicken Bone

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    Wei-Ting Hsu


    Full Text Available Retropharyngeal abscess is occasionally seen in children, but is less common in adults where it usually occurs secondary to iatrogenic oropharynx trauma or a perforated foreign body in the oropharynx. Spinal epidural abscess in combination with a retropharyngeal abscess, which may cause rapid and irreversible neurological deterioration, is not often found, as indicated by the very few reports in the literature. Here we report a 52-year-old male with a clinical history of seizure and mental retardation since childhood who presented at our emergency room with severe sore throat of 1 day’s duration. A chicken bone was removed successfully. However, he complained of progressive dysphagia, sore throat and posterior neck pain during the following 5 days. Flexible fiber-laryngoscopy showed bulging of the retropharyngeal wall and a small ulcer at the right posterior pharyngeal wall. A neck computed tomography (CT scan showed a retropharyngeal abscess at the oropharynx and hypopharynx level. His symptoms showed partial improvement after the administration of intravenous antibiotics. However, 2 weeks later he developed high fever, posterior neck pain and flaccid tetra-paresia. Emergent neck CT scan revealed a mild retropharyngeal abscess and epidural abscess formation between the second and third cervical vertebrae. The patient’s family refused drainage of the pre-vertebral and epidural pus. After receiving 2 months of antibiotics, the patient regained the mobility of his limbs

  15. Hepatic abscess: Diagnosis and management. (United States)

    Lardière-Deguelte, S; Ragot, E; Amroun, K; Piardi, T; Dokmak, S; Bruno, O; Appere, F; Sibert, A; Hoeffel, C; Sommacale, D; Kianmanesh, R


    Microbial contamination of the liver parenchyma leading to hepatic abscess (HA) can occur via the bile ducts or vessels (arterial or portal) or directly, by contiguity. Infection is usually bacterial, sometimes parasitic, or very rarely fungal. In the Western world, bacterial (pyogenic) HA is most prevalent; the mortality is high approaching 15%, due mostly to patient debilitation and persistence of the underlying cause. In South-East Asia and Africa, amebic infection is the most frequent cause. The etiologies of HA are multiple including lithiasic biliary disease (cholecystitis, cholangitis), intra-abdominal collections (appendicitis, sigmoid diverticulitis, Crohn's disease), and bile duct ischemia secondary to pancreatoduodenectomy, liver transplantation, interventional techniques (radio-frequency ablation, intra-arterial chemo-embolization), and/or liver trauma. More rarely, HA occurs in the wake of septicemia either on healthy or preexisting liver diseases (biliary cysts, hydatid cyst, cystic or necrotic metastases). The incidence of HA secondary to Klebsiella pneumoniae is increasing and can give rise to other distant septic metastases. The diagnosis of HA depends mainly on imaging (sonography and/or CT scan), with confirmation by needle aspiration for bacteriology studies. The therapeutic strategy consists of bactericidal antibiotics, adapted to the germs, sometimes in combination with percutaneous or surgical drainage, and control of the primary source. The presence of bile in the aspirate or drainage fluid attests to communication with the biliary tree and calls for biliary MRI looking for obstruction. When faced with HA, the attending physician should seek advice from a multi-specialty team including an interventional radiologist, a hepatobiliary surgeon and an infectious disease specialist. This should help to determine the origin and mechanisms responsible for the abscess, and to then propose the best appropriate treatment. The presence of chronic

  16. Splenic abscess: a rare presentation

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    Mohit Bhatia


    Full Text Available Splenic abscess is a rare clinical entity with an incidence of 0.2-0.7% in autopsy-based studies. When untreated, splenic abscess is associated with nearly 100% mortality; in treated patients, the mortality rate is 16.6% during the first 90 days. It mostly occurs in patients with neoplasia, immunodeficiency, trauma, diabetes or splenic infarct. The incidence of splenic abscess is thought to be growing because of the increase in the number of immunocompromised patients who are particularly at risk for this disease and also because of the widespread use of diagnostic modalities. However, the optimal treatment for this remains unclear. We present a case of a 42-year-old man diagnosed with multiloculated splenic abscess and was subjected to splenectomy.

  17. Intramedullary Cervical Spinal Cord Abscess. (United States)

    Bakhsheshian, Joshua; Kim, Paul E; Attenello, Frank J


    Intramedullary spinal cord abscesses are rarely encountered in modern neurosurgical practice. Select patients are at high risk for developing an intramedullary spinal cord abscess, which can result in acute neurologic deficits. Patients with failed conservative management may benefit from early surgical intervention; however, the evidence is limited by level 3 studies. In this case presentation, the patient failed conservative management for a cervical intramedullary spinal cord abscess and developed acute neurologic deficits. The decision was made to perform an urgent cervical laminectomy and drainage to avoid any further decline that may have occurred with continued conservative management. Increased awareness of intramedullary spinal cord abscess is warranted for its clinical suspicion and emergent treatment in select circumstances. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Eikenella corrodens endocarditis and liver abscess in a previously healthy male, a case report

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    Nordholm, Anne Christine; Vøgg, Ruth Ottilia Birgitta; Permin, Henrik


    BACKGROUND: Eikenella corrodens is one of the HACEK bacteria constituting part of the normal flora of the oropharynx, however, still an uncommon pathogen. We report a case of a large Eikenella corrodens liver abscess with simultaneously endocarditis in a previously healthy male. CASE PRESENTATION...... on pneumonia treatment, a PET-CT scan was performed, which showed a large multiloculated abscess in the liver. The abscess was drained using ultrasound guidance. Culture demonstrated Eikenella corrodens. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed aortic endocarditis. The patient was treated with antibiotics...... corrodens concurrent liver abscess and endocarditis. The case report highlights that Eikenella corrodens should be considered as a cause of liver abscess. Empirical treatment of pyogenic liver abscess will most often cover Eikenella corrodens, but the recommended treatment is a third generation...

  19. Retropharyngeal abscess complicated by Prevotella buccae sepsis during pregnancy. A case report. (United States)

    Jensen, Kevin S; Biggs, Kyle A; Cardwell, Michael S


    Retropharyngeal abscess is extremely uncommon in adults and rare in pregnancy. A MEDLINE search yielded only 1 reported case during pregnancy. Likewise, sepsis caused by prevotella buccae, a bacteria associated with more benign conditions such as bacterial vaginosis or dental infections, is also rare, with no reported cases during pregnancy. We report a case of retropharyngeal abscess complicated by Prevotella buccae septicemia during pregnancy. Retropharyngeal abscess should be suspected in a pregnant patient who presents with sore throat, dyspnea, and dysphagia, especially when preceded by dental treatment or symptoms. If confirmed, antibiotic treatment should cover the usual pathogens associated with retropharyngeal abscess, including Pre- votella species.

  20. Enterobius vermicularis: Can it be a possible pathogen in Bartholin gland abscess formation? (United States)

    Dönmez, Melahat Emine; Özlü, Tülay; Yılmaz, Fahri; Ayaz, Erol


    The most frequent disorders of the Bartholin glands are cysts or abscesses. Bartholin gland abscesses occur generally as a result of polymicrobial infections or agents that cause sexually transmitted diseases. But as far as we know, no parasite has been previously reported among the infectious agents that are detected from the abscesses of the Bartholin gland. Here, we report a 45-year-old woman, in the Bartholin abscess aspirate of whom Enterobius vermicularis eggs were detected in between the inflammatory infiltrate by cytological examination. © 2013 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2013 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  1. Brain abscesses in a patient with a patent foramen ovale: a case report

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    Allaqaband Suhail


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Brain abscesses arising from right-to-left cardiac shunting are very rare in adults. Case presentation We describe the case of a 47-year-old non-hispanic white male with periodontal disease who developed several brain abscesses caused by Streptococcus intermedius. A comprehensive workup revealed a patent foramen ovale with oral flora as the only plausible explanation for the brain abscesses. Conclusion Based on this case and the relevant literature, we suggest an association between a silent patent foramen ovale, paradoxical microbial dissemination to the brain, and the development of brain abscesses.

  2. Acute dermatomyositis associated with generalized subcutaneous edema. (United States)

    Lee, Ki-Hong; Lim, Sung-Ryoun; Kim, Yeon-Joo; Lee, Kyung-Ju; Myung, Dae-Seong; Jeong, Hae-Chang; Yoon, Woong; Lee, Shin-Seok; Park, Yong-Wook


    Generalized subcutaneous edema is an uncommon manifestation of inflammatory myopathy. We report a 48-year-old female patient who presented with severe generalized edema, an erythematous skin rash, dysphagia and proximal muscle weakness. She was diagnosed with dermatomyositis from the clinical signs, increased muscle enzymes, electromyographic findings and a muscle biopsy. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed increased signal intensity in the muscular and subcutaneous layers. The conditions causing generalized edema were excluded. It was concluded that the generalized edema was secondary to dermatomyositis. Aggressive treatments with high-dose glucocorticoids and immunosuppressive agents were used to control the severe subcutaneous edema.

  3. Audit of surgeries for pre-auricular sinus infection/abscess in a ...

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    Background: Pre-auricular sinus frequently present with recurrent episodes of infections/abscesses causing severe discomfort and disturbance of daily activities, necessitating surgical intervention to eradicate the condition. Aim: To audit the surgeries that were done for pre-auricular sinus infection/abscess in University of ...

  4. Breast Abscess: A Brief Communication

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    Pradipta Das


    Full Text Available Breast infections commonly affect women aged between 18 and 50 years and are categorized as lactational and non-lactational infections. The infection can affect the skin overlying the breast when it can be a primary event or, it may occur secondary to mastitis and/or, secondary to a lesion in the skin. The commoner clinical findings consist of a tender, hard breast mass with erythema of the overlying skin. Needle aspiration yields pus cultures of which yield the infecting microorganisms. In practice, treatment is usually empiric consisting of bed rest, frequent nursing, fluids, Acetaminophen for pain and fever and a course of antibiotics. The other common line of treatment for breast abscess consists of incision and drainage with primary and/or, secondary closure. This brief communication on breast abscess gives an overview of the possible etiologies, clinical signs and symptoms and the treatment lines for breast abscess.

  5. Massive Subcutaneous Emphysema in Robotic Sacrocolpopexy (United States)

    Celik, Hatice; Cremins, Angela; Jones, Keisha A.


    The advent of robotic surgery has increased the popularity of laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy. Carbon dioxide insufflation, an essential component of laparoscopy, may rarely cause massive subcutaneous emphysema, which may be coincident with life-threatening situations such as hypercarbia, pneumothorax, and pneumomediastinum. Although the literature contains several reports of massive subcutaneous emphysema after a variety of laparoscopic procedures, we were not able to identify any report of this complication associated with laparoscopic or robotic sacrocolpopexy. Massive subcutaneous emphysema occurred in 3 women after robotic sacrocolpopexy in our practice. The patients had remarkable but reversible physical deformities lasting up to 1 week. A valveless endoscopic dynamic pressure system was used in all 3 of our cases. Our objective is to define the risk of massive subcutaneous emphysema during robotic sacrocolpopexy in light of these cases and discuss probable predisposing factors including the use of valveless endoscopic dynamic pressure trocars. PMID:23925018

  6. Catheter colonization and abscess formation due to Staphylococcus epidermidis with normal and small-colony-variant phenotype is mouse strain dependent.

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    Gunnar Sander

    Full Text Available Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS form a thick, multilayered biofilm on foreign bodies and are a major cause of nosocomial implant-associated infections. Although foreign body infection models are well-established, limited in vivo data are available for CoNS with small-colony-variant (SCV phenotype described as causative agents in implant-associated infections. Therefore, we investigated the impact of the Staphylococcus epidermidis phenotype on colonization of implanted PVC catheters and abscess formation in three different mouse strains. Following introduction of a catheter subcutaneously in each flank of 8- to 12-week-old inbred C57BL/6JCrl (B6J, outbred Crl:CD1(ICR (CD-1, and inbred BALB/cAnNCrl (BALB/c male mice, doses of S. epidermidis O-47 wild type, its hemB mutant with stable SCV phenotype, or its complemented mutant at concentrations of 10(6 to 10(9 colony forming units (CFUs were gently spread onto each catheter. On day 7, mice were sacrificed and the size of the abscesses as well as bacterial colonization was determined. A total of 11,500 CFUs of the complemented mutant adhered to the catheter in BALB/c followed by 9,960 CFUs and 9,900 CFUs from S. epidermidis wild type in BALB/c and CD-1, respectively. SCV colonization was highest in CD-1 with 9,500 CFUs, whereas SCVs were not detected in B6J. The minimum dose that led to colonization or abscess formation in all mouse strains was 10(7 or 10(8 CFUs of the normal phenotype, respectively. A minimum dose of 10(8 or 10(9 CFU of the hemB mutant with stable SCV phenotype led to colonization only or abscess formation, respectively. The largest abscesses were detected in BALB/c inoculated with wild type bacteria or SCV (64 mm(2 vs. 28 mm(2. Our results indicate that colonization and abscess formation by different phenotypes of S. epidermidis in a foreign body infection model is most effective in inbred BALB/c followed by outbred CD-1 and inbred B6J mice.

  7. Diagnosis and treatment of deep neck space abscesses. (United States)

    Daramola, Opeyemi O; Flanagan, Carrie E; Maisel, Robert H; Odland, Rick M


    To review our experience with deep neck abscesses and identify unique trends in our patient population. Case series with chart review. Evaluation of patients with deep neck space abscesses between 2001 and 2006. Peritonsillar abscess, superficial craniocervical infection, and salivary gland infections were excluded from selection of study population. A total of 106 cases were reviewed. Dental infections were the most common cause of deep neck abscesses (49.1%). Comorbidities included substance abuse (53.7%), psychiatric illness (10.4%), hypertension (9.4%), head and neck cancer (6.6%), and diabetes mellitus (5.7%). All patients received systemic antibiotics, eight patients required tracheotomy, 85 patients underwent surgical drainage in the operating room, and 11 had bedside drainage. Median and lower quartile of time in hospital was 2 and 3 days, respectively, whereas upper quartile was 4 days (range, 1 to 27 days). Patients with comorbidities or concurrent illness tended to stay longer (Pabuse and poor orodental hygiene are important predisposing factors to deep neck abscesses. Appropriate management continues to favor a combination of early surgical drainage and systemic antibiotics.

  8. Zygomatic abscess as a complication of otitis media (United States)

    Sathe, Nilam


    Zygomatic abscess is a very rare complication (extra cranial) of acute otitis media. Unfamiliarity with the underlying cause of a swollen cheek can lead to delay of proper treatment with potential harm to the patient. The ideal treatment for these cases is modified radical mastoidectomy with drainage of abscess. We herein present a rare case report of zygomatic abscess associated with otitis media along with its clinical presentation, root of spread and review of its medical and surgical management, with emphasis on the methods for accurate diagnosis. We report on a 55-years-old man who presented with right ear discharge with decreased hearing. High-resolution computed tomography of temporal bone showed irregular osteolytic area involving the posterior portion of the right zygomatic process and zygomatico temporal junction, mastoid air cell, middle ear cavity with erosion of anterior, lateral, and superior wall. There is a evidence of peripherally enhancing collection seen around the right zygomatic process and it measures 3.9*1.6 cm with ill-defined swelling of the soft tissue of right temporal region (masticatory space). Anterior and posterior margin of EAC also shows erosion. The patient underwent a modified radical mastoidectomy with drainage of zygomatic abscess. There was an automastoidectomy and organized granular mass. Zygomatic root abscess is a rare complication of acute otitis media. HRCT scans or magnetic resonance imaging of the temporal bone with wider windows are necessary. Appropriate intravenous ntibiotics and adequate surgeries, as soon as possible, are recommended. PMID:22639510

  9. [A Listeria breast abscess in a man]. (United States)

    Marsaudon, E; Berthy, J; Mamoune, S; Deniel, A; Ksiyer, S; Tiuca, D


    Listeriosis is a food-borne illness leading to bacteriemia or central nervous system infection especially in pregnant women or high-risk patients. It is rarely a localized infection. Breast contamination has rarely been reported in lactating women. We report a breast abscess in man. A 80 year old man, hypertensive and arrhythmic, was explored for weakness and dehydration. Type 2 diabetes and chronic lymphocytic leukemia were diagnosed. Clinical examination disclosed a breast abcess related to L monocytogenes infection. Histopathological study also revealed a breast subcutaneous infiltration by chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Listeriosis sometimes uncover an unknown immunosuppression, especially in the elderly. Breast is a non-sterile tissue containing a stable microbiome partly from digestive origin. It can thereby be contaminated by Listeria. The specific cutaneous infiltrate of chronic lymphocytic leukemia can create the conditions for a local infection. Copyright © 2017 Société Nationale Française de Médecine Interne (SNFMI). Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

  10. The study of risk factors affecting the prognosis of lung abscess

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    Aghajan Zadeh M


    Full Text Available In spite the emergence of potent and broad spectrum antibiotics and recent advances in bronchoscopy and pulmonary physiotherapy, still there is a high rate of morbidity and mortality because of lung abscess. The objective of this study is the indication of risk factors, which have undesirable effects on the prognosis of lung abscess. In a retrospective study, all cases of lung abscess who was confined to bed during 1994 to 1999 in Rasht were collected and analyzed. From 52 cases, 40 (77% were male and 12 (23% were female. The mean duration of stay was 20 day (15 to 35. The secondary cause for lung abscess was as follows: 10 cases (19% COPD, 10 cases (19% preumonia, 15 cases (29% bronchiectasia 2 cases lung cancer, 2 cases lung hydatid cyst and 3 cases atelectasia. Extrapulmonary causes of lung abscess were consist of: 10 case (10% aspiration, 10 case (19% esophageal diseases tending to reflux, 5 case (9% periodontal disease. The factors, which had underiable effects on prognosis of disease were lung cancer, anemia, hypoalbuminemia, age over 60, abscess with pseudomonas, abscess cavity greater thus 8 cm, lower lobe in right lung and TB. Because of high mortality and morbidity of lung abscess, due attention for internal drainage, bronchoscopy, physiotherapy and timed surgery are seriously indicated.

  11. Brain abscess by Kocuria rosea: Case report and literature review

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    Juan Esteban Muñoz Montoya


    Full Text Available Brain abscess is one of the most serious complications of head and neck infections (Tunkel, 2010 [1]. Defined as a focal intracranial infection that is initiated as an area of cerebritis and evolves into a collection of pus surrounded by a vascularized capsule (Tunkel and Scheld, 2011 [2]. The infectious agents depend on the pathogenesis of the infection and the presence of various predisposing conditions, however, in general: Streptococcus sp. is the most frequent microorganism (Tunkel and Scheld, 2011 [2]: Greenberg, 2010 [3]. In this article we report a case of brain abscess caused by Kocuria rosea, an entity that has not been reported previously in literature.

  12. Intraspinal Abscess Associated with Congenital Dermal Sinus: Case Report

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    Kim, Bom Yi; Jung, Won Sung; Ihn, Yon Kwon [Dept. of Radiology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Dermal sinus tracts are remnants of incomplete neural tube closure. Dermal sinus tracts in the spine range from asymptomatic pits to tracts with significant disease. Congenital spinal dermal sinus tract can produce significant morbidity if not adequately managed. Spinal subdural abscess caused by the spread of an infection within the dermal sinus tract is rare in children. We now described a 3-year-old male who presented with extensive spinal subdural abscess resulting from dermal sinus tract that was low-lying in the sacral area.

  13. Kocuria varians infection associated with brain abscess: A case report

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    Tsai Tai-Hsin


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Kocuria, established by Stackebrandt et al., previously was classified into Micrococcus. Only two species, K. rosea and K. kristinae are reported to be associated as pathogenic and found with catheter-related bacteremia and acute cholecystitis. Case presentation We herein report the first case of brain abscess caused by Kocuria varians, a gram-positive microorganism, in a 52-year-old man. Hematogenous spread is the probable pathogenesis. Conclusions This report presents a case of Kocuria varians brain abscess successfully treated with surgical excision combined with antimicrobial therapy. In addition, Vitek 2 system has been used to identify and differentiate between coagulase-negative staphylococcus.

  14. Nocardia abscessus brain abscess in an immunocompetent host. (United States)

    Al Tawfiq, Jaffar A; Mayman, Talal; Memish, Ziad A


    Nocardia brain abscesses typically occur in immunocompromised patients. Most cases of nocardiosis are caused by the Nocardia asteroides complex and Nocardia brasiliensis. Here, we present a patient with a Nocardia abscessus brain abscess. The diagnosis was confirmed by DNA sequencing, and the organism was susceptible to linezolid, clarithromycin, ceftriaxone, imipenem, tobramycin, amikacin, minocycline and sulfamethoxazole. The patient was successfully treated medically in combination with surgical excision. Copyright © 2013 King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Pyogenic liver abscess mimicking pleural effusion

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    Jul 2, 2011 ... the liver.2 The annual incidence of liver abscess in children varies widely in different regions of ... Pyogenic liver abscess is a major visceral abscess that may pose a diagnostic dilemma in a febrile child with prominent extra-abdominal symptoms. .... saliva from an infected animal. Rabies has been reported.

  16. Tubo-ovarian abscess in a virgin girl

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    Giti Iravanlo


    Full Text Available Background: Tubo-ovarian abscess as a serious complication of pelvic inflammatory disease is very uncommon in sexually inactive girls.Case: We report a case of tubo-ovarian abscess in a 24-year-old sexually inactive girl with transverse vaginal septum who was presented with abdominal pain and a pelvic mass and without prior surgical history and no evidences of appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or cancer. A huge unilateral tubo-ovarian abscess was recognized at laparotomy. Unilateral salpingoophorectomy, hysterectomy and postoperative antibiotic therapy cured the patient.Conclusion: Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent further sequel including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain which cause morbidity

  17. Isolated abscess in superior rectus muscle in a child

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    Sushank Ashok Bhalerao


    Full Text Available Pyomyositis is a primary bacterial infection of striated muscles nearly always caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Development of the intramuscular abscess involving the extra-ocular muscles (EOMs remains an extremely rare process. We herein present a case of isolated EOM pyomyositis involving superior rectus muscle in a 2-year male child who was referred with complaints of swelling in left eye (LE and inability to open LE since last 1-month. Orbital computed tomography (CT scan showed a well-defined, hypo-dense, peripheral rim-enhancing lesion in relation to left superior rectus muscle suggestive of left superior rectus abscess. The abscess was drained through skin approach. We concluded that pyomyositis of EOM should be considered in any patient presenting with acute onset of orbital inflammation and characteristic CT or magnetic resonance imaging features. Management consists of incision and drainage coupled with antibiotic therapy.

  18. Neonatal Orbital Abscess Secondary to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Conjunctivitis. (United States)

    Yazici, Bulent; Orucov, Nesimi; Ibrahimzade, Gunay

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa conjunctivitis, although rare in healthy infants, may cause serious ocular and systemic complications. A 30-day-old, otherwise healthy male infant was referred with the diagnosis of right orbital abscess. The patient had been diagnosed as having Pseudomonas conjunctivitis 9 days previously at the referring center. Despite antibiotic treatment, his ocular findings had worsened and marked proptosis had developed. Other examination findings were ptosis, restriction of eye movements, periorbital erythema, and chemosis. Radiologic studies showed a large, homogenous mass with a thick capsule in the lateral retrobulbar orbit. The abscess was drained through a lateral orbitotomy. A culture of the abscess yielded P. aeruginosa. After surgery, the ocular findings improved rapidly without any complication. No other focus of infection or immune system abnormality was found. The patient did not experience any other significant disease during a follow up of 23 months.

  19. Concomitant cutaneous metastatic tuberculous abscesses and multifocal skeletal tuberculosis

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    Sezgin Betul


    Full Text Available Tuberculosis, one of the oldest diseases known to affect humans is caused by the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis. The disease usually affects the lungs, although, in up to one third of cases, other organs are involved. Metastatic tuberculosis abscess is a rare form of skin tuberculosis. It is characterized by nodule and abscess formation throughout the body after hematogenous spread of mycobacterium tuberculosis from a primary focus during a period of impaired immunity. Tuberculosis osteomyelitis is also a rare form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis in pediatric age group. Skeletal tuberculosis pathogenesis is related to reactivation of hematogenous foci or spread from adjacent paravertebral lymph nodes. Weight-bearing joints are affected most commonly. Bilateral hand and foot bone involvement is rarely reported. We present a five-year-old girl with two very rare presentations of the disease such as osteomyelitis and metastatic skin abscess.

  20. Outbreak of persistent cutaneous abscesses due to Mycobacterium chelonae after mesotherapy sessions, Lima, Peru. (United States)

    Munayco, César V; Grijalva, Carlos G; Culqui, Dante R; Bolarte, José L; Suárez-Ognio, Luis A; Quispe, Neyda; Calderon, Roger; Ascencios, Luis; Del Solar, Manuel; Salomón, Martín; Bravo, Francisco; Gotuzzo, Eduardo


    Outbreaks of rapidly growing mycobacteria have been occasionally described. The article reports an outbreak of cutaneous abscesses due to Mycobacterium chelonae following mesotherapy in Lima, Peru. From December 2004 through January 2005, 35 subjects who had participated in mesotherapy training sessions presented with persistent cutaneous abscesses. Thirteen (37%) of these suspected cases consented to undergo clinical examination. Skin punch-biopsies were collected from suspicious lesions and substances injected during mesotherapy were analyzed. Suspected cases were mainly young women and lesions included subcutaneous nodules, abscesses and ulcers. Mycobacterium chelonae was isolated from four patients and from a procaine vial. In conclusion, it is important to consider mesotherapy as a potential source of rapidly growing mycobacteria infections.

  1. Hemispheric brain abscess: A review of 46 cases

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    Background: Brain abscess is a space occupying lesion that still prevails in many developing countries but less common in developed countries. It can be a preventable cause of fatal illness if diagnosed and treated appropriately. There is little or no information of the condition in Ghana. In this review we report our ...

  2. Splenic Abscess Occurring In Two Siblings (A Case Report) | Adisa ...

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    One had splenectomy and the other was treated conservatively with antibiotics and percutaneous aspiration. Splenic abscess is rare but frequency appears to be increasing with better and accurate diagnostic methods and increasing incidence of immune suppressed states. While no definite common cause was identified in ...

  3. Inverted verrucous carcinoma of the buttock mimicking abscess and gossypiboma: MR and pathologic correlation

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    Hu, Bing; Gorbachova, Tetyana; Rodgers, Shuchi K. [Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Belser, Paul [Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Department of Pathology, East Norriton, PA (United States); Schiowitz, Robert [Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Department of Surgery, East Norriton, PA (United States)


    Verrucous carcinoma (VC) is an uncommon, low-grade variant of squamous cell carcinoma. Its benign histologic appearance and indolent course may lead to a delayed diagnosis. We report a rare case of an inverted verrucous carcinoma of the buttock presenting as a slow-growing subcutaneous lesion with a draining sinus and no exophytic component, clinically mimicking abscess and gossypiboma, with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and pathologic correlation. Biopsy of the lesional base is mandatory for accurate diagnosis. An enhancement pattern with a convoluted undulating appearance in a subcutaneous lesion displayed on MRI should raise a consideration of inverted VC in the differential diagnosis. (orig.)

  4. Focused ultrasound treatment of abscesses induced by methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Feasibility study in a mouse model

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    Rieck, Birgit [Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B6V4 (Canada); Bates, David; Pichardo, Samuel, E-mail:, E-mail:; Curiel, Laura, E-mail:, E-mail: [Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B6V4, Canada and Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B6V4 (Canada); Zhang, Kunyan [Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 (Canada); Escott, Nicholas [Department of Pathology, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6V4 (Canada); Mougenot, Charles [Philips Healthcare, Ontario L6C 2S3 (Canada)


    Purpose: To study the therapeutic effect of focused ultrasound on abscesses induced by methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a major nosocomial pathogen where immunocompromised patients are prone to develop infections that are less and less responsive to regular treatments. Because of its capability to induce a rise of temperature at a very precise location, the use of focused ultrasound represents a considerable opportunity for therapy of localized MRSA-related infections. Methods: 50μl of MRSA strain USA400 bacteria suspension at a concentration of 1.32 ± 0.5 × 10{sup 5} colony forming units (cfu)/μl was injected subcutaneously in the left flank of BALB/c mice. An abscess of 6 ± 2 mm in diameter formed after 48 h. A transducer operating at 3 MHz with a focal length of 50 mm and diameter of 32 mm was used to treat the abscess. The focal point was positioned 2 mm under the skin at the abscess center. Forty-eight hours after injection four ultrasound exposures of 9 s each were applied to each abscess under magnetic resonance imaging guidance. Each exposure was followed by a 1 min pause. These parameters were based on preliminary experiments to ensure repetitive accurate heating of the abscess. Real-time estimation of change of temperature was done using water-proton resonance frequency and a communication toolbox (matMRI) developed inhouse. Three experimental groups of animals each were tested: control, moderate temperature (MT), and high temperature (HT). MT and HT groups reached, respectively, 52.3 ± 5.1 and 63.8 ± 7.5 °C at the end of exposure. Effectiveness of the treatment was assessed by evaluating the bacteria amount of the treated abscess 1 and 4 days after treatment. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) assay evaluating the neutrophil amount was performed to assess the local neutrophil recruitment and the white blood cell count was used to evaluate the systemic inflammatory response after focused ultrasound treatment. Results: Macroscopic

  5. Epidural abscess: diagnosis and management

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    gest a risk for abscess formation, especially in a diabetic. Dia-. Correspondence: Dr M Hakl email: Introduction. Neurological complications of neuraxial anaesthesia are rare but potentially catastrophic. Major complications include me- chanical damage to spinal cord or nerve roots, infection, and.

  6. Computed tomography in pituitary abscess

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    Appel, W.; Scharphuis, T.; Distelmaier, P.


    This is a report on a rare case of a recurring abscess in the pituitary gland. Diagnosis was extremely difficult to establish preoperatively. This is demonstrated via various radiological methods. Anamnesis and clinical disease pattern are important assisting factors in diagnosis.

  7. a review of psoas abscess

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    Hfhis article reviewed the lit- erature onepsoas abscess and dis- cussed the technological ' mile- stones in the clinical and radiologi- cal diagnosis, and treatment of this condition. SURGICAL ANATOMY OF PSOAS MUSCLE. The psoas muscle consists of the psoas major and minor. The psoas major is a long muscle on ei-.

  8. Intramedullary spinal cord abscess presentation which is mimicking spinal tumor: A rare case

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    Tevfik Yılmaz


    Full Text Available Intramedullary spinal cord abscess (ISCA is extraordinarly a rare infectious disease which can mimick spinal cord tumor with high morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis of ISCA is very tricky and time consuming. 3-year-old boy presented to his physician with agitation, limited neck motions, progressive weaknesses of arm and leg, and urine, feces retention. A contrast enhanced MRI of the cervical spine revealed an intramedullary mass. The mass was identified to be an abscess during surgery and abscess was evacuated and irrigated completely with myelotomy. Culture of the abscess material showed meticilline sensitive Stapylococcus aureus. Patient showed improvement in his neurologic and sphincter deficits. Cervical intramedullary spinal cord abscess is a rare infectious disease of spinal cord which can cause permanent neurologic deficits without early diagnosis, wheras if it is diagnosed, and treated early this can prevent complications. So ISCA should kept in mind in patients who presents with spinal mass.

  9. Subcutaneous encapsulated fat necrosis

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    Aydin, Dogu; Berg, Jais O


    We have described subcutaneous encapsulated fat necrosis, which is benign, usually asymptomatic and underreported. Images have only been published on two earlier occasions, in which the necrotic nodules appear "pearly" than the cloudy yellow surface in present case. The presented image may help...

  10. Subcutaneous granuloma annulare

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    Dhar Sandipan


    Full Text Available Two cases of subcutaneos granuloma annulare are reported. Clinical presentation was in the form of hard subcutaneous nodules; histopathology confirmed the clinical diagnosis. The cases were unique because of onset in adult hood, occurrence over unusual sites and absence of classical lesions of granuloma annulare elsewhere.

  11. Are Pyogenic Liver Abscesses Still a Surgical Concern? A Western Experience

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    Barbara Alkofer


    Full Text Available Backgrounds. Pyogenic liver abscess is a rare disease whose management has shifted toward greater use of percutaneous drainage. Surgery still plays a role in treatment, but its indications are not clear. Method. We conducted a retrospective study of pyogenic abscess cases admitted to our university hospital between 1999 and 2010 and assessed the factors potentially associated with surgical treatment versus medical treatment alone. Results. In total, 103 liver abscess patients were treated at our center. The mortality was 9%. The main symptoms were fever and abdominal pain. All of the patients had CRP > 6 g/dL. Sixty-nine patients had a unique abscess. Seventeen patients were treated with antibiotics alone and 57 with percutaneous drainage and antibiotics. Twenty-seven patients who were treated with percutaneous techniques required surgery, and 29 patients initially received it. Eventually, 43 patients underwent abscess surgery. The factors associated with failed medical treatment were gas-forming abscess (=0.006 and septic shock at the initial presentation (=0.008. Conclusion. Medical and percutaneous treatment constitute the standard management of liver abscess cases. Surgery remains necessary after failure of the initial treatment but should also be considered as an early intervention for cases presenting with gas-forming abscesses and septic shock and when treatment of the underlying cause is immediately required.

  12. A Rare Case of Pediatric Nosocomial Liver Abscess Developing During Dialysis Therapy

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    Full Text Available Introduction Liver abscess developing during hospital stay in pediatric patients on dialysis for acute kidney injury has been previously unreported. Impaired immunity, prolonged use of antibiotics, diabetes and malnutrition predispose to liver abscess in chronic hemodialysis patients. Case Presentation We reported a case of liver abscess developing in a 6-year-old boy admitted with sepsis and multiorgan dysfunction syndrome including acute kidney injury. He received peritoneal and subsequently hemodialysis, as he did not improve on peritoneal dialysis. He developed fever while on hemodialysis, which was due to a liver abscess developing during the course of hospital stay. The abscess was in the right lobe of the liver with a volume of 40 mL. Staphylococcus aureus is the leading cause of pyogenic liver abscesses in children and infection acquired from hospital. The patient received vancomycin and responded well with complete resolution and did not require any drainage procedure. He may have acquired bacteremia during dialysis with subsequent hepatic seeding. Conclusions Though rare, liver abscess may develop even in patients undergoing short-term dialysis therapy. Liver abscess is a medical emergency and if not treated promptly may lead to significant mortality. Invasive therapeutic procedures, like drainage is associated with further risk of complications. Therefore, a high index of suspicion should be kept when evaluating a patient who develops unexplained fever while being on hemodialysis. Early medical intervention through appropriate antibiotics can significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality. Strict infection control policies should be followed to prevent such nosocomial infections.

  13. Deep neck abscesses: study of 101 cases

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction: Although the incidence of Deep Cervical Abscess (DCA has decreased mainly for the availability of antibiotics, this infection still occurs with considerable frequency and can be associated with high morbidity and mortality. Objective: This study aimed to present our clinical-surgical experience with deep neck abscesses. Methods: A retrospective study analyzed 101 patients diagnosed with deep neck abscesses caused by multiple etiologies, assisted at a medical school hospital during 6 years. One hundred one patients were included and 27 (26.7% were younger than 18 years old (the children group, 74 patients (73.3% were older than 18 years old (the adults group. The following clinical features were analyzed and compared: age, gender, clinical symptoms, leukocyte count, the affected cervical area, lifestyle habits, antibiotic therapy, comorbidities, etiology, bacterial culture, time of hospitalization, the need of tracheostomy and complications. Results: There was predominance in the male gender (55.5% and young people (mean age 28.1 years. All of the 51 patients with associated disease comorbidity were adults. The most frequent etiologies were bacterial tonsillitis (31.68% and odontogenic infections (23.7%. The most common cervical areas affected were the peritonsillar (26.7%, submandibular/mouth floor (22.7% and parapharyngeal spaces (18.8%. In children group, the site most commonly involved was the peritonsillar space (10 patients, 37%. In adults group, the site most commonly involved was multispace (31 patients, 41.8%. Streptococcus pyogenes (23.3% was the most common microorganism present. Amoxicillin associated with clavulanate (82.1% was the more used antibiotic. The main complications of abscesses were septic shock (16.8%, pneumonia (10.8% and mediastinitis (1.98%. Tracheostomy was necessary in 16.8% of patients. The mortality rate was 1.98%. Conclusion: The clinical features and severity of DCA varied according to

  14. Low back pain: A rare presentation of Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess

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    Yu-Chen Tseng


    Full Text Available Pyogenic liver abscess (PLA is a global emerging infectious disease. The common presentations of PLA include fever, abdominal pain, anorexia, weight loss, and malaise. In Taiwan, Klebsiella pneumoniae is the most frequently isolated pathogen from PLA. Most cases of K. pneumoniae liver abscess (KLA develop metastatic infections at other sites that cause severe complications, such as endophthalmitis, meningitis, or brain abscess. Herein, we describe a case of KLA that unusually presented as lower back pain. The patient received antibiotic therapy and underwent drainage procedure. He was eventually discharged in a stable condition, without any complications caused by the metastatic infections.

  15. Prevotella brain abscess in a healthy young patient with a patent foramen ovale. (United States)

    Han, Seong Rok; Choi, Chan Young; Kwak, Jae-Jin


    Brain abscesses are frequently caused by poly-microbial conditions. Comparatively, brain abscesses caused by Prevotella species are very rare. Right-to-left cardiac shunting due to a patent foramen ovale may predispose patients to infection. We report an isolated Prevotella brain abscess that occurred in a healthy, young, male patient with a patent foramen ovale. The patient did not have a clinically obvious odontogenic source of infection, and no other distant extracranial infectious sources were observed. The patient was successfully treated with stereotactic aspiration and antibiotics. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. A soluble suppressor T cell factor protects against experimental intraabdominal abscesses.


    Zaleznik, D F; Finberg, R W; Shapiro, M E; Onderdonk, A B; Kasper, D L


    This paper describes a suppressor T cell factor which protects mice against intraabdominal abscesses caused by Bacteroides fragilis. This soluble cell-free factor (ITF) is derived from splenic T cells from mice immunized with capsular polysaccharide (CP) of B. fragilis. Mice receiving ITF are protected from developing abscesses caused by B. fragilis to the same degree as animals receiving intact immune splenic T cells. The factor appears to be small in molecular size as protective activity is...

  17. Dentoalveolar abscess among children attending a dental clinic in Nigeria. (United States)

    Azodo, C C; Chukwumah, N M; Ezeja, E B


    To determine the incidence and causes of dentoalveolar abscess among children attending an outpatient dental clinic in Nigeria. This is a retrospective study of paediatric dental patients treated in University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City from October 2010 to September 2011. The incidence of dentoalveolar abscess was 6.4% (53/824). However only 42 cases had their case notes retrieved for final research analysis. It occurred mostly in the lower right quadrant of the mouth. The affected children were majorly males and first or second child of monogamous family. A total 17 (40.5%) of the affected children were in the 6-11 years age group. This was the first dentist consultation among 35 (83.3%) of the children. The presenting complaint was toothache among two-thirds of the children. History of asthma, tonsillitis, peptic ulcer disease and previous surgery were medical history elicited from 6 (14.3) of the patients. The most implicated tooth was deciduous first molar. The causes of abscess include untreated dental caries 35 (83.3%), trauma 5 (11.9%), failed restoration 1 (2.4%) and periodontal diseases 1 (2.4%). Periapical radioluscency was predominant radiological finding among affected children. Tooth extraction was commonest treatment done. The incidence of dentoalveolar abscess among children was significant. The high frequency of untreated dental caries as the cause of dentoalveolar abscess indicates the need for school and community-based preventive strategies like encouraging infant oral health and preventive dentistry programs and early treatment intervention and dental health education.

  18. Cryptogenic pyogenic liver abscess as the herald of colon cancer. (United States)

    Jeong, Soung Won; Jang, Jae Young; Lee, Tae Hee; Kim, Hyun Gun; Hong, Sung Wook; Park, Seung Hoon; Kim, Sang Gyune; Cheon, Young Koog; Kim, Young Seok; Cho, Young Deok; Kim, Jin-Oh; Kim, Boo Sung; Lee, Eun Jung; Kim, Tae Hyong


    Colonic mucosal defects might be a route for bacterial invasion into the portal system, with subsequent hematogenous spread to the liver. We retrospectively investigated the results of colonoscopy and the clinical characteristics of patients with pyogenic liver abscess of colonic origin. A total of 230 consecutive patients with pyogenic liver abscess were reviewed between 2003 and 2010. The 230 patients were categorized into three groups (pancreatobiliary [n = 135], cryptogenic [n = 81], and others [n = 14]). Of the 81 cryptogenic patients, 37 (45.7%) underwent colonoscopy. Colonic lesions with mucosal defects were considered colonic causes of abscess. In the 37 colonoscopic investigations, colon cancer was found in six patients (16.2%), laterally-spreading tumor (LST) in two patients (5.4%), multiple colon ulcers in one patient (2.7%), colon polyps in 17 patients (45.9%), and diverticula in four patients (10.8%). Nine (11%) of 81 cryptogenic abscesses were therefore reclassified as being of colonic origin (colon cancer = 6, LST = 2, ulcer = 1). Three cases were stage III colon cancer, and the others were stage I. Two LST were high-grade dysplasia. The percentage of patients with Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) and diabetes mellitus (DM) of colonic origin was 66.7%, which was significantly higher than the 8.6% for other causes (P colonic cause. Colonoscopy should be considered for the detection of hidden colonic malignant lesions in patients with cryptogenic pyogenic liver abscess, especially for patients with K. pneumoniae and DM. © 2011 Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  19. [Psoas muscular abscess in children]. (United States)

    Pires, A M; Reis, A G; Grisi, S J


    Symptoms of psoas muscular abscess in children are nonspecific and differential diagnosis is made among diseases included in childreńs acute hip pain syndrome, imaging tests being necessary for diagnostic confirmation. During the first semester of 1995, 48,550 children were examined in Pronto Socorro do Instituto da Criança do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, four of them diagnosed as having psoas muscular abscess (2 females and 2 males, ages varying from 1 to 12 years). All of them had nonspecific clinical features and diagnosis was confirmed by abdominal ultrasound and/or computerized tomography. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated as the etiologic agent in 3 children, findings similar to the ones in literature.

  20. Multicystic Hepatocarcinoma Mimicking Liver Abscess

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    Evangelos Falidas


    Full Text Available The diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC became easier in relation to the improved radiological examinations; however, the neoplasm may occur under atypical presentations mimicking other benign or malignant processes. Multicystic HCC mimicking a liver abscess associated with septic-type fever and leukocytosis is rare, has a poor prognosis, and poses diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas. We present the case of an 80-year-old patient, who presented with fever, leukocytosis, and large cystic masses involving right and left lobes of the liver initially considered abscesses and finally diagnosed as HCC after open drainage and liver biopsy. Although the patient died on the tenth postoperative day due to pulmonary oedema, the authors emphasize the high index of suspicion needed in the diagnosis of this unusual presentation of HCC.

  1. Subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst

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    Vivek Manchanda


    Full Text Available Bronchogenic cysts occur due to the anomalous development of the primitive tracheobronchial tree early in fetal life. They are usually present in middle mediastinum. Rarely, they have been found in other locations. We describe two patients with subcutaneous bronchogenic cysts located over manubrium sterni with special emphasis on the difficulties in pre-operative diagnosis. The two boys were managed by complete excision of the cysts. The children are well on follow-up.

  2. The first case report of Raoultella planticola liver abscess

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    Full Text Available Raoultella species are a group of gram-negative, non-motile bacilli commonly isolated from the environment. The group was considered a member of the genus Klebsiella until the late 1990s. Raoultella planticola is a rare cause of human infections. We report the first case of liver abscess caused by this organism. The patient was successfully treated with appropriate antimicrobials combined with operative drainage.

  3. Microbiological profile of orbital abscess

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    Full Text Available Background: Knowledge of the culture and sensitivity pattern is necessary, for the institution of appropriate empirical antibiotic therapy in orbital abscess. Objective: The objective of this study is to describe culture and sensitivity patterns of specimens from the orbit and surrounding structures. Materials and Methods: Retrospectively the medical records of 56 cases of orbital abscess were reviewed. Results: Cultures were positive in 38/56 (68.8% orbital specimens and the organisms included Staphylococcus aureus 18, Streptococci 7, Pseudomonas aeruginosa 3, 2 each of Enterobactersp, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Acinetobacter sp. and 1 each of Actinomyces israelii, Diptheroids, Coagulase negative Staphylococcus, Citrobacter freundii, Methicillin-resistant S. aureus and Enterococcus faecalis. Four had polymicrobial infection. Culture of purulent nasal discharge, swabs taken from foci of infection on the face, and blood cultures were done in 26/56, and positive cultures were obtained in 16/26 (61.5% specimens. In 12 patients, there was a concurrence in the organism cultured from the orbit and from cultures from other sites. Gram-negative organisms were associated with increased ocular morbidity. Conclusion: Gram-positive cocci, especially S. aureus are the most common organisms isolated from orbital abscesses. Infections by Gram-negative organisms were associated with more complications. Empirical intravenous antibiotic therapy should have a broad spectrum of activity effective against a wide range of Staphylococcal organisms and Gram-negative bacilli.

  4. Case Report: Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous cervical ...

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    The occurrence of pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous cervical emphysema as complications of childhood pneumonia is very unusual. They results most often from respiratory manoeuvres that produce high intrathoracic pressure. Although they are largely benign, pneumomediastinum can cause compression of major ...

  5. Cervical epidural abscess after cupping and acupuncture. (United States)

    Lee, Jun-Hwan; Cho, Jae-Heung; Jo, Dae-Jean


    Retrospective case report. Report of an uncommon complication of cupping and acupuncture. Epidural abscess after cupping and acupuncture therapies is quite rare. Only a few cases of epidural abscess after acupuncture have been reported. The present report describes a case of cervical epidural abscess that developed after cupping and acupuncture. A 47-year-old woman presented with swelling and pain in the posterior nuchal region. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine revealed a well-enhanced epidural mass at the C1-C3 level that was determined to be an epidural abscess. The symptoms related to epidural abscess resolved after treatment with antibiotics. Although a rare complication, epidural abscess is a possibility when applying cupping and acupuncture. Therapists need to be aware of human anatomy in the vicinity of the puncture and must give continuous attention to hygiene throughout the procedure. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Cervical spinal epidural abscess following acupuncture and wet-cupping therapy: A case report. (United States)

    Yao, Yindan; Hong, Wenke; Chen, Huimin; Guan, Qiongfeng; Yu, Hu; Chang, Xianchao; Yu, Yaoping; Xu, Shanhu; Fan, Weinv


    Report of an uncommon complication of acupuncture and wet cupping. A 54-year-old man presented with neck pain and fever. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine revealed an epidural abscess at C4 to T2. The symptoms related to epidural abscess resolved partially after treatment with antibiotics. Acupuncture and wet-cupping therapy should be taken into consideration as a cause of spinal epidural abscesses in patients who present with neck pain and fever. Furthermore, acupuncture and wet-cupping practitioners should pay attention to hygienic measures. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Enterobacter sakazakii brain abscess in the neonate: the importance of neuroradiologic imaging

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    Burdette, J.H. [Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Winston-Salem, NC (United States); Santos, C. [Department Neurology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Bowman Gray Campus, Winston-Salem, NC (United States)


    Background. Enterobacter sakazakii is a rare but important cause of life-threatening neonatal sepsis and meningitis complicated by the development of brain abscess. Objective. Given the neurotropic qualities of this organism, early diagnosis and treatment are crucial as a poor prognosis follows brain abscess formation. Materials and methods. Cross-sectional imaging (CT and MRI) play an important role in the diagnostic work-up. Conclusion. A biopsy-proven case of E. sakazakii brain abscess, which was diagnosed on MR images, is presented, and the importance of prompt radiologic imaging of the central nervous system in the work-up of patients with this life-threatening disease is discussed. (orig.)

  8. Recurrent Breast Abscesses due to Corynebacterium kroppenstedtii, a Human Pathogen Uncommon in Caucasian Women

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    Full Text Available Background. Corynebacterium kroppenstedtii (Ck was first described in 1998 from human sputum. Contrary to what is observed in ethnic groups such as Maori, Ck is rarely isolated from breast abscesses and granulomatous mastitis in Caucasian women. Case Presentation. We herein report a case of recurrent breast abscesses in a 46-year-old Caucasian woman. Conclusion. In the case of recurrent breast abscesses, even in Caucasian women, the possible involvement of Ck should be investigated. The current lack of such investigations, probably due to the difficulty to detect Ck, may cause the underestimation of such an aetiology.





    AIMS To study the role of ultrasonography in the diagnosis, followup, resolution and percutaneous interventions of amoebic liver abscesses. METHODOLOGY 25 patients with 38 amoebic liver abscesses were included in this study. The diagnostic criteria being compatible history, tender and enlarged liver, radiological and ultrasound findings and response to metronidazole therapy. Confirmed cases of amoebic liver abscesses were followed up by ultrasonography till complete resol...

  10. Klebsiella Pneumoniae Multi-organ Abscesses not Accompanied by Liver Abscesses: A Case Report

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    Kim, Sung Taek; Park, Chul Hi; Hwang, Ho Kyung; Lee, Mi Ran; Lee, Dong Hoon; Kim, Min Ji [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    A Klebsiella pneumoniae infection has a tendency to spread to multiple organs. It is most commonly seen in patients with liver abscesses, but infection in more than three organs without liver abscesses is unusual. We report one case of a K. pneumoniae infection that presented acute pyelonephritis with left perirenal, anterior pararenal, left psoas, and prostate abscesses without liver abscesses in a diabetic patient. With effective antibiotics and ultrasound-guided percutaneous drainage, the patient recovered without significant sequelae.

  11. Streptococcus milleri head and neck abscesses: a case series. (United States)

    Foxton, Christopher Robert; Kapila, Smariti; Kong, Justin; Thomson, Neil John


    Streptococcus milleri infections and abscesses in the head and neck region have been previously reported, but there is still a dearth of clinical literature on this topic. To add to the available reports and to promote a better understanding and awareness of this clinically important entity, we present this retrospective review of 7 cases of head and neck abscess caused by S milleri infection. We have placed particular emphasis on antibiotic sensitivity patterns. These patients-6 men and 1 woman, aged 28 to 73 years (mean: 42.7)-had been seen at a district general hospital in Gosford, Australia, over a 6-month period. All patients had undergone surgical intervention and had been treated with intravenous antibiotics. All the S milleri cultures were sensitive to penicillin G, cephalexin, and erythromycin. Six of these patients experienced a resolution of their abscess, while 1 patient died from overwhelming sepsis. We believe that the initiation of penicillin G, cephalexin, or erythromycin is a good starting point for empiric therapy. S milleri should be considered as a causative organism in a patient who presents with a head and neck abscess, especially in the presence of a dental infection. Such a patient should be monitored closely for airway obstruction and distal infective sequelae. Also in this article, we compare our findings with those reported in two other published series.

  12. A Giant Retroperitoneal Abscess Mimicking Incarcerated Inguinal Hernia

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    Naciye Sinem Gezer


    Full Text Available An 82-year-old man was admitted to the emergency room with an acute left-sided groin pain and scrotal swelling. He has suffered from a groin hernia for two years. Abdominal x-ray demonstrated air-fluid levels in the left upper quadrant suggesting an intestinal obstruction (Figure 1. Abdominal computed tomography (CT scan was obtained with an initial diagnosis of an incarcerated inguinal hernia. However, it showed multiple perirenal abscesses and a giant-sized retroperitoneal abscess extending from the retroperitoneal space into the scrotum through the inguinal canal (Figure 2 and 3. Retroperitoneal abscesses are most frequently seen in the 3rd to 6th decades of life (1. Gram-negative bacteria, most commonly E. coli, are the cause of infection which usually develops secondary to pyelonephritis, urinary stasis or immune suppression. The onset of clinical manifestations of the infection, including flank, abdomen and groin pain, chills, fever, tachycardia, weakness and anorexia are often insidious (2,3. Laboratory findings include leukocytosis, increased serum creatinine levels and pyuria. The literature emphasizes the possibility of diagnostic delay and postponed treatment of retroperitoneal abscess due to the fact that its prodrome phase may be long.

  13. Intracranial abscess secondary to dental infection


    Brady, Paul; Bergin, Sarah; Cryan, Bartley; Flanagan, Oisin


    We report a case of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (A.actinomycetemcomitans) bacteraemia and secondary brain abscess in a patient where periodontal disease was implicated as the probable source.

  14. Vesicoovarian Fistula on an Endometriosis Abscessed Cyst

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    C. Tran


    Full Text Available We report the case of a patient who developed a vesicoovarian fistula on an endometriosis abscessed cyst. The patient presented with an advanced endometriosis stage IV complicated with a right ovarian abscessed cyst of 10 cm. A first coelioscopy with cystectomy was realized. After surgery, a voiding cystography highlighted a fistula between the ovarian abscess and the bladder. A second surgery by median laparotomy was realized with the resection of the right ovarian abscess and the resection of vesical fistula.

  15. Cerebral Abscess Potentially of Odontogenic Origin

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    Marouene Ben Hadj Hassine


    Full Text Available Odontogenic origins are rarely implicated in the formation of brain abscesses. The relative paucity of this kind of infection and the difficulty in matching the causative microorganisms of a brain abscess to an odontogenic source can explain the late management of patients. We herein describe a case of a 46-year-old man with a cerebellar abscess that was probably due to an odontogenic infection. The diagnosis supported by imaging and microscopic identification, mini craniectomy for abscess drainage followed by eradication of all potential dental infectious foci, and an antibiotic regimen based on cephalosporins, metronidazole, and vancomycine contributed to a successful outcome.

  16. Liver Abscess following Hematogenous Transmission due to Rectal Foreign Body Perforation

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    Martin Kobborg


    Full Text Available Liver abscess caused by hematogenous transmission from a gastrointestinal perforation by a foreign body is a rare but life-threatening condition. We present the case of a 57-year-old male with a pyogenic liver abscess generated on the basis of a foreign body perforation of the rectum. This has not been reported previously. During the examination of the patient, computed tomography scan showed not only the liver abscess but also an inflammatory presacral process, which communicated with the rectum through a 6.5-cm-long foreign body. Subsequent sigmoidoscopy showed a toothpick placed transmurally in the rectum; the toothpick was removed endoscopically. We discuss the importance of computed tomography scans and colonoscopies in relation to liver abscesses of unknown etiology, including the importance of detecting possible perforation caused by possible foreign bodies, polyps or cancer.

  17. Lower Extremity Abscess Formation in Premature Infants due to Routine Infant Vaccinations

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    Yuhang Sun


    Full Text Available Since the introduction of vaccines, the impact of vaccinations has been immeasurable. Under the current immunization guidelines, infants receive the first of their routine infant vaccinations at 2 months of age. While the benefits of routine infant vaccinations in premature infants have been demonstrated, there is relatively little data on the dosing of these vaccines in premature infants. The medical records of two premature infants who developed intramuscular abscesses after receiving their routine infant vaccinations were reviewed. Both patients developed pain in the area of the injection after receiving their vaccinations. Magnetic resonance imaging findings confirmed the formation of an abscess. No other causes of abscess formation were observed. Both patients required surgical intervention and were treated with a course of antibiotics. To our knowledge, this is the first case report to suggest routine vaccinations as a potential cause of abscess formation in premature infants.

  18. Pneumococcal Sepsis Complicated by Splenic Abscesses and Purpura Fulminans in a 15-Month-Old Child

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    Scott Pangonis MD


    Full Text Available Streptococcus pneumoniae is an invasive organism that causes a wide range of common diseases, including sinusitis, acute otitis media, and pneumonia. Splenic abscesses and purpura fulminans (PF are rare complications of pneumococcal disease. Splenic abscesses caused by S pneumoniae have only been reported in the adult literature. PF has been described in the pediatric population as a rare complication in patients with invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD with and without underlying immunological disorders such as asplenia. Here, we report a patient with IPD complicated by splenic abscesses and PF. Our patient initially presented with bacteremia, septic shock, and disseminated intravascular coagulation. She subsequently developed PF and splenic abscesses. She survived her illness after receiving a total of 8 weeks of antibiotic therapy. This case highlights 2 rare complications of IPD and demonstrates the need to keep pneumococcal disease in the differential diagnosis even in children whose vaccination status is up to date.

  19. The frequency of dental abscesses increases in periods of low barometric pressure. (United States)

    Seemann, Rudolf; Svabik, Otto; Orlik, Alexander; Figl, Michael; Fischer, Michael B; Schicho, Kurt; Wutzl, Arno; Forster, Johannes; Jesch, Philip; Perisanidis, Christos; Undt, Gerhard; Millesi, Werner


    Bioclimatic conditions are thought to have an impact on the frequency of dental abscesses but previous studies have suffered from small patient cohorts, methodological obstacles, and restriction to a single site resulting in limited geographic and meteorological variability. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of environmental temperature and barometric pressure on the frequency of dental abscesses. Three maxillofacial and two dental clinics in Vienna retrospectively provided a total of 19,218 patients with dentoalveolar abscesses who were treated by intraoral incision between 1998 and 2011. Daily records from six local meteorological stations were consulted to assess daily meteorological parameters. Univariate and multivariate hurdle count regression models were fitted to estimate the effect of daily average barometric pressure and temperature on registered abscess frequencies. Temporal confounders causing variance of the observed abscess frequencies - such as weekday, business day, and month - were taken into consideration. On days of low barometric pressure a significant rise in dental abscess frequency was observed, even when adjusting for confounders. Environmental temperature, in contrast, did not show any effect. In conclusion, bioclimatic conditions affect health as low barometric pressure increases the number of patients with dental abscesses. Copyright © 2015 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Secondary brain abscess following simple renal cyst infection: a case report. (United States)

    Akuzawa, Nobuhiro; Osawa, Tenshi; Totsuka, Masayuki; Hatori, Takashi; Imai, Kunihiko; Kitahara, Yonosuke; Kurabayashi, Masahiko


    Escherichia coli (E. coli) is the most common causative bacteria of neonatal meningitis, but hematogenous intracranial E. coli infection is rare in adults. Moreover, intracranial abscess formation owing to E. coli, including brain abscesses and subdural empyema formation, is extremely rare. We herein present a case involving a patient with a brain abscess owing to E. coli following a simple renal cyst infection. A review of the literature is also presented. A 77-year-old Japanese woman with a history of polymyalgia rheumatica was admitted to our hospital because of persistent fever, right flank pain, and pyuria. Intravenous antibiotics were administered; however, her level of consciousness deteriorated 6 days after admission. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging showed a brain abscess in the left occipital lobe and pyogenic ventriculitis. Enhanced abdominal computed tomography revealed a right renal cyst with heterogeneous content. Culture of urine, blood, and aspirated pus from the infected cyst revealed E. coli with identical antibiotic sensitivity in all sites, suggesting that the cyst infection and subsequent bacteremia might have caused the brain abscess. The patient recovered after a 6-week course of meropenem. The prognosis of patients with E. coli-associated intracranial abscess is usually poor. Advanced age and immunosuppression may be potent risk factors for intracranial abscess formation owing to the hematogenous spread of E. coli.

  1. Fulminant citrobacter meningitis with multiple periventricular abscesses in a three-month-old infant

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    P. Anoop

    Full Text Available Citrobacter, a Gram-negative enteric bacillus, is a rare cause of septicemia and meningitis, seldom reported beyond the neonatal period. It is characterized by a fulminant clinical course and a high incidence of complications, including brain abscesses. We studied a three-month-old infant with Citrobacter meningitis, who developed acute communicating hydrocephalus and multiple periventricular brain abscesses while on treatment. The patient died, despite intensive antibiotic treatment directed towards the causative organism, C. diversus.

  2. Septic pericarditis and myocardial abscess in an English Springer spaniel. (United States)

    Fraga Veloso, Gemma; Fraga Manteiga, Eduardo; Trehy, Mary; Freeman, Alistair; McConnell, J Fraser; Dukes McEwan, Joanna


    Septic pericarditis and myocardial abscess are rare conditions in dogs. They are usually caused by foreign bodies, penetrating wounds, systemic infections or extension of local infections such as endocarditis, pleuritis or pulmonary infections to the myocardial tissue. Here we report a septic pericardial effusion and myocardial abscess in a young English Springer spaniel presenting with a long history of pyrexia and lethargy. No cause could clearly be identified although a penetrating injury or dissolving foreign body was highly suspected. The patient was successfully treated with a surgical approach in combination with broad spectrum antibacterials resulting in resolution of clinical signs without recurrence of the infection. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. A Rare Thermophilic Bug in Complicated Diverticular Abscess

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    Kyawzaw Lin


    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a form of painful abscess in the gastrointestinal tract or in deep tissue caused by actinomyces species. They are one of the commensal bacteria in the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract of humans but can opportunistically cause infection in immunosuppressive hosts through invasion of breached mucosa or necrotic tissue while mimicking malignancy, gastrointestinal tuberculosis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Actinomyces israelii is, by far, the major and most common human pathogen throughout literatures. By virtue of rarity and diagnostic confusion with masquerading malignancies, only 10% of the cases have been diagnosed preoperatively, so as to be able to verge patients from undergoing unnecessary surgical intervention. Herein, we present a rare case of complicated diverticular abscess manifested by Actinomyces meyeri after postoperative tissue diagnosis.

  4. Structural characteristics of polysaccharides that induce protection against intra-abdominal abscess formation. (United States)

    Tzianabos, A O; Onderdonk, A B; Zaleznik, D F; Smith, R S; Kasper, D L


    Bacteroides fragilis is the anaerobe most commonly isolated from clinical cases of intra-abdominal sepsis. In a rodent model of this disease process, intraperitoneal injection of the capsular polysaccharide complex (CPC) from B. fragilis provokes abscess formation, while subcutaneous administration of this complex confers protection against B. fragilis-induced intra-abdominal abscesses. The CPC consists of two discrete polysaccharides, polysaccharides A and B (PS A and PS B), each possessing oppositely charged structural groups critical to the ability of these carbohydrates to induce the formation of abscesses. Other bacterial polysaccharides that possess oppositely charged groups (such as the group antigen or capsular polysaccharide from Streptococcus pneumoniae type 1 strains) also exhibited potent abscess-inducing capabilities. We report here that positively and negatively charged groups on polysaccharides are also essential for inducing protection against abscess formation. Vaccination of rats with B. fragilis PS A, PS B, or the S. pneumoniae type 1 capsule protected against intra-abdominal abscesses subsequent to intraperitoneal challenge with each of these polysaccharides. Chemical conversion of the free amino or carboxyl groups on PS A to uncharged N-acetyl or hydroxymethyl groups, respectively, abrogated the ability of this polymer to confer protection against polysaccharide-mediated abscess formation. Adoptive transfer of splenic T cells from polysaccharide-vaccinated rats to naive animals demonstrated that T cells mediated this protective activity. T cells transferred from animals vaccinated with a polysaccharide repeating unit (Salmonella typhi Vi antigen) that normally contains one carboxyl group but was chemically converted to a polymer that possesses both free amino and carboxyl groups (accomplished by de-N-acetylating the Vi antigen) protected naive T-cell recipients against polysaccharide-induced abscesses. These results demonstrate that a distinct

  5. Epizootiology of cranial abscess disease in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) of Georgia, USA (United States)

    Cohen, Bradley S.; Belser, Emily H.; Killmaster, Charlie H.; Bowers, John W.; Irwin, Brian J.; Yabsley, Michael J.; Miller, Karl V.


    Intracranial abscess disease is a cause of natural mortality for mature male white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Most cases of abscesses are associated with bacterial infection byTrueperella (Arcanobacterium) pyogenes, but a complete understanding of the epidemiology of this disease is lacking. We quantified the effects of individual characteristics, site-specific herd demographics, land cover, and soil variables in estimating the probability of this disease. We examined 7,545 white-tailed deer from 60 sites throughout Georgia US for signs of cranial abscesses, the predecessor of intracranial abscesses, and recorded the presence or absence of cranial abscesses for each individual examined. We detected no cranial abscesses in 2,562 female deer but 91 abscesses in 4,983 male deer examined (1.8%). A generalized linear mixed model, treating site as a random effect, was used to examine several potential explanatory risk factors including site-level landscape and soil characteristics (soil and forest type), demographic factors (deer density and male to female ratio), and individual host factors (deer sex and age). Model results indicated that the probability of a male having a cranial abscess increased with age and that adult sex ratio (male:female) was positively associated with this disease. Site-specific variables for land cover and soil types were not strongly associated with observations of the disease at the scale measured and a large amount of among-site variability remained. Given the demonstrated effect of age, gender, and local sex ratios but the remaining unexplained spatial variability, additional investigation into spatiotemporal variation of the presumed bacterial causative agent of cranial abscesses appears warranted.

  6. Evidence for T cell-dependent immunity to Bacteroides fragilis in an intraabdominal abscess model. (United States)

    Onderdonk, A B; Markham, R B; Zaleznik, D F; Cisneros, R L; Kasper, D L


    It has been shown that active immunization of rats with the capsular polysaccharide of Bacteroides fragilis protects these animals against abscess development following intraperitoneal challenge with this species. Passive transfer of hyperimmune globulin from immunized animals to nonimmune recipients provided protection against B. fragilis bacteremia in challenged animals, but did not confer protection against abscess development. On the other hand, adoptive transfer of spleen cells from immunized animals to nonimmunized recipients resulted in protection against abscesses following challenge with B. fragilis. These data suggested that a T cell-dependent immune response was involved in protection against abscess development after immunization with B. fragilis capsular antigen. To determine the possible role of cell-mediated immunity prompted by the capsular antigen, inbred congenitally athymic OLA/Rnu rats and their phenotypically normal littermates were actively immunized. Despite the development of high titers of anti-B. fragilis capsular antibody, 100% of actively immunized athymic rats developed abscesses, as did 100% of unimmunized athymic control rats. However, no phenotypically normal littermate control rats that were actively immunized developed abscesses, while 100% of phenotypically normal unimmunized rats developed abscesses. Additional studies showed that adoptive transfer of T cell-enriched spleen cell preparations from Wistar/Lewis rats immunized with the capsular polysaccharide to nonimmune recipients also resulted in protection against B. fragilis-induced abscesses. We conclude that the protection afforded by immunization with B. fragilis capsule against intraabdominal abscesses caused by that organism is T cell-mediated and does not require the presence of serum antibody.

  7. Eikenella corrodens endocarditis and liver abscess in a previously healthy male, a case report. (United States)

    Nordholm, Anne Christine; Vøgg, Ruth Ottilia Birgitta; Permin, Henrik; Katzenstein, Terese


    Eikenella corrodens is one of the HACEK bacteria constituting part of the normal flora of the oropharynx, however, still an uncommon pathogen. We report a case of a large Eikenella corrodens liver abscess with simultaneously endocarditis in a previously healthy male. A 49-year-old Danish man was admitted because of one-month malaise, fever, cough and unintentional weight loss. On admission there was elevated white blood cell count and C-reactive protein, as well as affected liver function tests. Initially pneumonia was suspected, but due to lack of improvement on pneumonia treatment, a PET-CT scan was performed, which showed a large multiloculated abscess in the liver. The abscess was drained using ultrasound guidance. Culture demonstrated Eikenella corrodens. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed aortic endocarditis. The patient was treated with antibiotics and abscess drainage, on which he slowly improved. He was discharged after 1.5 months of hospitalisation. On follow-up 2 months later, the patient was asymptomatic with normalized biochemistry and ultrasound showed complete regression of the abscess. This is the first case of documented Eikenella corrodens concurrent liver abscess and endocarditis. The case report highlights that Eikenella corrodens should be considered as a cause of liver abscess. Empirical treatment of pyogenic liver abscess will most often cover Eikenella corrodens, but the recommended treatment is a third generation cephalosporin or a fluoroquinolon. A multiloculated liver abscess may require drainage several times during treatment. The finding of Eikenella corrodens should elicit an echocardiography to diagnose endocarditis even in patients without clinical signs of endocarditis.

  8. Hypertrophic Obesity and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Dysfunction

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    Anna Meiliana


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Over the past 50 years, scientists have recognized that not all adipose tissue is alike, and that health risk is associated with the location as well as the amount of body fat. Different depots are sufficiently distinct with respect to fatty-acid storage and release as to probably play unique roles in human physiology. Whether fat redistribution causes metabolic disease or whether it is a marker of underlying processes that are primarily responsible is an open question. CONTENT: The limited expandability of the subcutaneous adipose tissue leads to inappropriate adipose cell expansion (hypertrophic obesity with local inflammation and a dysregulated and insulin-resistant adipose tissue. The inability to store excess fat in the subcutaneous adipose tissue is a likely key mechanism for promoting ectopic fat accumulation in tissues and areas where fat can be stored, including the intra-abdominal and visceral areas, in the liver, epi/pericardial area, around vessels, in the myocardium, and in the skeletal muscles. Many studies have implicated ectopic fat accumulation and the associated lipotoxicity as the major determinant of the metabolic complications of obesity driving systemic insulin resistance, inflammation, hepatic glucose production, and dyslipidemia. SUMMARY: In summary, hypertrophic obesity is due to an impaired ability to recruit and differentiate available adipose precursor cells in the subcutaneous adipose tissue. Thus, the subcutaneous adipose tissue may be particular in its limited ability in certain individuals to undergo adipogenesis during weight increase. Inability to promote subcutaneous adipogenesis under periods of affluence would favor lipid overlow and ectopic fat accumulation with negative metabolic consequences. KEYWORDS: obesity, adipogenesis, subcutaneous adipose tissue, visceral adipose tissue, adipocyte dysfunction.


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    Full Text Available AIMS To study the role of ultrasonography in the diagnosis, followup, resolution and percutaneous interventions of amoebic liver abscesses. METHODOLOGY 25 patients with 38 amoebic liver abscesses were included in this study. The diagnostic criteria being compatible history, tender and enlarged liver, radiological and ultrasound findings and response to metronidazole therapy. Confirmed cases of amoebic liver abscesses were followed up by ultrasonography till complete resolution. RESULTS The highest incidence of age was seen between 3 rd and 5 th decades (84% with a male sex incidence of 92%, disease preponderance in people belonging to low socioeconomic group and a high incidence among alcoholics. The radiological findings were: Elevation of right dome of diaphragm (56%, restricted diaphragmatic movements (88%, right basal lung changes (48%, right pleural effusion (12%, and indistinct hazy diaphragmatic contour (40%. The ultrasonographic findings were: 87% of the abscesses were located in right lobe, 11% in left lobe and 2% in both lobes. Among the 25 patients, 76% showed solitary and 24% showed multiple abscesses. Of the 38 amoebic abscesses, 79% were hypoechoic, 13% were hyperechoic and 8% were anechoic. 11 patients were subjected for ultrasound-guided aspiration. CONCLUSION Ultrasound is a safe, reliable and non-invasive imaging modality for the diagnosis, followup and percutaneous interventions of amoebic liver abscesses. The sonographic resolution time of amoebic liver abscesses varies from 28 to 286 days.

  10. Stitch Abscess Masquerading as Recurrent Thyroid Cancer ...

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    Recurrent thyroid cancer after remnant ablation is a known entity in follow up of differentiated thyroid cancer. It is however unusual for a stitch abscess to present as a recurrent thyroid cancer. We highlight the diagnostic dilemma of a stitch abscess masquerading as a recurrent thyroid cancer in a young female adult in the ...

  11. Obturator internus muscle abscess in children. (United States)

    Orlicek, S L; Abramson, J S; Woods, C R; Givner, L B


    The authors describe four cases of obturator internus muscle (OIM) abscess in children, including their clinical presentations and treatment. This was a retrospective chart review. Children and adolescents younger than 18 years discharged between July 1, 1985, and September 30, 1998, from Brenner Children's Hospital with the diagnosis of muscle abscess or pelvic abscess were identified. A total of 56 patients were identified with the diagnosis of muscle abscess or pelvic abscess. OIM abscess was defined by radiologic findings of an inflammatory process with fluid collection in the OIM, along with the clinical findings suggestive of an OIM abscess. Four of the patients met the definition of OIM muscle abscess. The common presenting features were fever, limp, and hip pain. Computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging was diagnostic in all four patients, and Staphylococcus aureus was the causative agent in each. All the patients recovered, one after surgical drainage and the other three after antimicrobial therapy alone or with needle aspiration. The presentation of OIM pyomyositis is similar to that of psoas muscle pyomyositis and other infectious processes of the pelvis and hip. The S. aureus is the most common etiologic agent but not the only one reported. Most patients can be managed without open surgical drainage, but needle aspirations may be helpful both therapeutically and diagnostically.

  12. Abdominal abscess in Crohn's disease: multidisciplinary management

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    de Groof, E. Joline; Carbonnel, Frank; Buskens, Christianne J.; Bemelman, Willem A.


    Crohn's disease (CD) is characterized by full-thickness inflammation of the bowel. For this reason, perforating complications such as intra-abdominal abscesses or fistulas are common. A concomitant intra-abdominal abscess with active CD of the small bowel is a challenging dilemma for

  13. Cardiobacterium hominis-induced acute dacryocystitis and lacrimal abscess

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    Guru Prasad Manderwad


    Full Text Available Cardiobacterium hominis is a member of the HACEK (Haemophilus sp., Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, C. hominis, Eikenella corrodens, and Kingella kingae group commonly associated with endocarditits and is normally present in the respiratory tract. We describe the first case of acute dacryocystitis with lacrimal abscess caused by C. hominis along with a brief review of the literature. The patient responded to oral and topical ciprofloxacin after incision and drainage and awaits dacryocystorhinostomy.

  14. Migratory and misleading abscess of oro-facial region (United States)

    ArunKumar, Kubsad Veerabhadrappa; Deepa, Dhruvakumar


    Acute pericoronitis usually presents with severe localized pain, swelling and sometimes trismus. However, chronic pericoronitis and periodontal abscess produce a dull pain, moderate swelling and are occasionally seen migrating into distant sites producing fistulae intra-orally and/or extra-orally. This may quite often cause diagnostic dilemmas necessitating thorough medical and dental history, careful clinical examination and sometimes special investigations to confirm the etiology and or origin of infection. Here, we present three such cases and their management. PMID:26392702

  15. Migratory and misleading abscess of oro-facial region


    ArunKumar, Kubsad Veerabhadrappa; Deepa, Dhruvakumar


    Acute pericoronitis usually presents with severe localized pain, swelling and sometimes trismus. However, chronic pericoronitis and periodontal abscess produce a dull pain, moderate swelling and are occasionally seen migrating into distant sites producing fistulae intra-orally and/or extra-orally. This may quite often cause diagnostic dilemmas necessitating thorough medical and dental history, careful clinical examination and sometimes special investigations to confirm the etiology and or ori...

  16. Subcutaneous Phycomycosis in a Child

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    Manjiri R. Naniwadekar


    Full Text Available Subcutaneous phycomycosis is a rare entity. We hereby report a case of subcutaneous phycomycosis in 18 months old female child who presented with a painless, non-tender swelling on the thigh. Skin biopsy showed eosinophilic granuloma lying deep in the subcutaneous tissue, with sparse hyphae. Culture on Sabouraud's dextrose agar showed characteristic colonies. Patient was started on oral potassium iodide. The swelling was completely resolved after one month of treatment.

  17. Abscess Formation in a Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma. (United States)

    Safaee, Michael M; Blevins, Lewis; Liverman, Christopher S; Theodosopoulos, Philip V


    Pituitary abscesses are rare clinical entities that can occur in the setting of a normal gland or underlying disease, including adenoma, craniopharyngioma, or Rathke cleft cyst. Although once believed to be indolent, when these secondary abscesses occur in the setting of an adenoma, they can be associated with significant clinical morbidity. Most patients present with visual disturbances or headache without fever or meningitis. We present the case of a 63-year-old woman with remote history of Staphylococcus osteomyelitis who presented with 1 week of diplopia, partial left third nerve palsy, and bitemporal hemianopsia who was found to have a pituitary abscess in the setting of an adenoma. She underwent drainage of the abscess and resection of her adenoma followed by complete resolution of her symptoms. This case highlights the need for prompt treatment of pituitary abscesses, with the possibility of excellent neurologic recovery. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Postlumbar puncture arachnoiditis mimicking epidural abscess. (United States)

    Gürbüz, Mehmet Sabri; Erdoğan, Baris; Yüksel, Mehmet Onur; Somay, Hakan


    Lumbar spinal arachnoiditis occurring after diagnostic lumbar puncture is a very rare condition. Arachnoiditis may also present with fever and elevated infection markers and may mimic epidural abscess, which is one of the well known infectious complications of lumbar puncture. We report the case of a 56-year-old man with lumbar spinal arachnoiditis occurring after diagnostic lumbar puncture who was operated on under a misdiagnosis of epidural abscess. In the intraoperative and postoperative microbiological and histopathological examination, no epidural abscess was detected. To our knowledge, this is the first case of a patient with postlumbar puncture arachnoiditis operated on under a misdiagnosis of epidural abscess reported in the literature. The authors suggest that arachnoiditis may mimic epidural abscess due to its clinical and radiological features and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of complications of lumbar puncture.

  19. Primary pituitary abscess: case report

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    Hanel Ricardo Alexandre


    Full Text Available Pituitary abscesses are potentially life-threatening lesions if not appropriately diagnosed and treated. The authors have operated on more than five hundred cases of pituitary tumors and only one represented a case of pituitary abscess. A 35-year-old woman was investigated for chronic frontal headache. CT scan showed a cystic sellar lesion with ring enhancement after contrast injection leading to an initial diagnosis of pituitary adenoma. She underwent a sublabial transsphenoidal approach to the pituitary gland. After dural opening, purulent material was obtained and no tumor or other associated lesion was detected. There was no evidence of current or previous septicemic illness, meningitis, cavernous sinus thrombosis or sinus infection. Cultures were negative. She was put on antibiotics and discharged after 4 weeks. Nowadays, 10 years after treatment, she is doing well, with no anterior pituitary hormone deficit. MRI shows a partially empty sella without residual lesion and the pituitary stalck is in the midline. The early diagnosis and adequate treatment of this life-threatening lesion may result in excellent prognosis.

  20. Iatrogenic subcutaneous cervicofacial emphysema with pneumomediastinum after class V restoration. (United States)

    Lee, Sang-Woon; Huh, Yoon-Hyuk; Cha, Min-Sang


    Subcutaneous facial emphysema after dental treatment is an uncommon complication caused by the invasion of high-pressure air; in severe cases, it can spread to the neck, mediastinum, and thorax, resulting in cervical emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and pneumothorax. The present case showed subcutaneous cervicofacial emphysema with pneumomediastinum after class V restoration. The patient was fully recovered after eight days of conservative treatment. The cause of this case was the penetration of high-pressure air through the gingival sulcus, which had a weakened gingival attachment. This case indicated that dentists should be careful to prevent subcutaneous emphysema during common dental treatments using a high-speed hand piece and gingival retraction cord.

  1. Subcutaneous adipose tissue classification

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    A. Sbarbati


    Full Text Available The developments in the technologies based on the use of autologous adipose tissue attracted attention to minor depots as possible sampling areas. Some of those depots have never been studied in detail. The present study was performed on subcutaneous adipose depots sampled in different areas with the aim of explaining their morphology, particularly as far as regards stem niches. The results demonstrated that three different types of white adipose tissue (WAT can be differentiated on the basis of structural and ultrastructural features: deposit WAT (dWAT, structural WAT (sWAT and fibrous WAT (fWAT. dWAT can be found essentially in large fatty depots in the abdominal area (periumbilical. In the dWAT, cells are tightly packed and linked by a weak net of isolated collagen fibers. Collagenic components are very poor, cells are large and few blood vessels are present. The deep portion appears more fibrous then the superficial one. The microcirculation is formed by thin walled capillaries with rare stem niches. Reinforcement pericyte elements are rarely evident. The sWAT is more stromal; it is located in some areas in the limbs and in the hips. The stroma is fairly well represented, with a good vascularity and adequate staminality. Cells are wrapped by a basket of collagen fibers. The fatty depots of the knees and of the trochanteric areas have quite loose meshes. The fWAT has a noteworthy fibrous component and can be found in areas where a severe mechanic stress occurs. Adipocytes have an individual thick fibrous shell. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates evident differences among subcutaneous WAT deposits, thus suggesting that in regenerative procedures based on autologous adipose tissues the sampling area should not be randomly chosen, but it should be oriented by evidence based evaluations. The structural peculiarities of the sWAT, and particularly of its microcirculation, suggest that it could represent a privileged source for

  2. Adult brain abscess associated with patent foramen ovale: a case report

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    Stathopoulos Georgios T


    Full Text Available Abstract Brain abscess results from local or metastatic septic spread to the brain. The primary infectious site is often undetected, more commonly so when it is distant. Unlike pediatric congenital heart disease, minor intracardiac right-to-left shunting due to patent foramen ovale has not been appreciated as a cause of brain abscess in adults. Here we present a case of brain abscess associated with a patent foramen ovale in a 53-year old man with dental-gingival sepsis treated in the intensive care unit. Based on this case and the relevant literature we suggest a link between a silent patent foramen ovale, paradoxic pathogen dissemination to the brain, and development of brain abscess.

  3. Infected aortic aneurysm presenting as prevertebral abscess in magnetic resonance imaging: A case report

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    Yu, Jung Re; Ko, Seong Joo; Heo, Sang Taek; Kim, Jin Seok; Kim, Seung Hyoung [Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju (Korea, Republic of)


    The differential diagnosis of mass-like lesions around the aorta includes saccular pseudoaneurysms and abscesses. A 69-year-old female was admitted with multiple abscesses and fluid collections in several muscles and joints. Methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from her blood and pus. Even though she was treated with repeated operations and appropriate antibiotics, her conditions worsened with persistent fever and newly developed abscesses at other sites. Serial enhanced computed tomography (CT) revealed a newly developed saccular abdominal aortic aneurysm in the retroaortic space at the celiac axis level. However, the infected aortic aneurysm mimicked a prevertebral abscess on enhanced spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) due to its heterogeneous signal intensity caused by intraaneurysmal turbulent blood flow. We report to alert the pitfall in the diagnosis of saccular aortic aneurysm using spinal MRI and the importance of serial enhanced CT study in highly suspicious patients.

  4. [Complications of superficial venous surgery of the legs: thigh hematomas and abscess]. (United States)

    Millien, J P; Coget, J M


    A series of 1,000 patients has been studied. I. HEMATOMAE: They are nearly continuous during internal saphena stripping but depend on various parameters. 1) Anatomical: a) Varicose veins topography. Perforating veins. Perforating veins of the thigh cause haemorrhage but reactions of venous construction are quite important and precocious not to observe subcutaneous bleedings. More or less "soft" stripping creates a reaction of reflex vasoconstriction. Fore saphenous vein of the thigh Hematomae are more and more numerous and important because the fore saphenous vein is a vein whose wall is thinner, more fragile and almost more superficial. b) Type of patient. In an obese patient, hematoma seems to be more spectacular. In the thin patient, it appears faster, if hematic expression is too late. 2) Stripping techniques: It is possible to propose different techniques of stripping, but none of them can lower specifically post-surgical hematomae. 3) Anaesthesiae: a) General anaesthesia. A bilateral surgery under general anaesthesia was helpful to observe in some cases a less important hematoma at the level of the second operated leg. b) Rachi-anaesthesia. Physiological vasoconstriction requires a latent period for this kind of anaethesia which causes a vasomotor paralysis due to a blockade of the sympathetic nerve. c) Local anaesthesia. It is obtained by crural block in association with injection of Xylocaine Adrenalina at the level of perforating veins of the thigh. This technique causes less hematomae. II. ABSCESSES: Only 4 cases out of 1,000 operated legs have been reported. No related pathology have been observed particularly about lymphatic disorders (erysipelas or lymphoedema), no previous infection known which could not have explained such complications. Therapy was simple: incision at mid-thigh and draining by lamina. The patient recovered within two weeks.

  5. Brain abscess: surgical experiences of 162 cases

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    Forhad Hossain Chowdhury


    Full Text Available Aim: Brain abscess still poses a public health challenge in spite of the advent of modern neurosurgical techniques and antibiotics. Here, we present our surgical experiences and ultimate outcome in the management of brain abscess. Methods: Totally, 162 patients with proved brain abscess who underwent surgical treatment were included in this study. The prospectively recorded data of surgical management of brain abscess and the ultimate outcome (by Glasgow outcome scale were studied retrospectively. Results: Total number of cases was 162, of which 113 were acute pyogenic abscess while 49 were chronic abscess. Among the chronic abscess, 29 were chronic pyogenic abscess, 14 were tubercular, 3 aspergillus, and 3 abscesses were in malignant brain metastases. In acute cases, common clinical features were headache, fever, vomiting, focal deficit and seizure. In chronic abscesses, common clinical features were mild to moderate headache and progressive focal deficit. Seventy-three (45.06% patients had adjacent localized sinus, middle ear or cranial infection. The common predisposing factors included postneurosurgery, postpenetrating injury to brain, chronic suppurative otitis media, and congenital heart disease, infective endocarditis, sinusitis and sub optimum immuno-status. Frontal lobe involved in 30.2% cases, temporal lobe is next to involved. Single time burr hole aspiration in 111 (68.5% cases, two or more times burr hole aspiration were done in 34 (21% cases. Pus culture was negative in 129 (79.62% cases. Total number of death was 22 (13.58% cases. Complete resolution of abscess with complete recovery of preoperative neuro-deficit was seen in 80.86% cases and recovery with major neuro-deficit was observed in 5.55% cases. There is a significant association between Glasgow coma scale (GCS on admission and mortality in brain abscess. Conclusion: In most of the cases, pus culture did not yield growth of any causative organism. Mortality was not

  6. Chronic breast abscess due to Mycobacterium fortuitum: a case report

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Mycobacterium fortuitum is a rapidly growing group of nontuberculous mycobacteria more common in patients with genetic or acquired causes of immune deficiency. There have been few published reports of Mycobacterium fortuitum associated with breast infections mainly associated with breast implant and reconstructive surgery. Case presentation We report a case of a 51-year-old Caucasian woman who presented to our one-stop breast clinic with a two-week history of left breast swelling and tenderness. Following triple assessment and subsequent incision and drainage of a breast abscess, the patient was diagnosed with Mycobacterium fortuitum and treated with antibiotic therapy and surgical debridement. Conclusion This is a rare case of a spontaneous breast abscess secondary to Mycobacterium fortuitum infection. Recommended treatment is long-term antibacterial therapy and surgical debridement for extensive infection or when implants are involved.

  7. Lung abscess in a child with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection. (United States)

    Leonardi, Salvatore; del Giudice, Michele Miraglia; Spicuzza, Lucia; Saporito, Marco; Nipitella, Giuseppe; La Rosa, Mario


    Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia in children, while lung abscess is a severe complication of bacterial pneumonias caused mainly by pyogenes. Here we report a previously healthy 10-year-old boy admitted to our unit for a right upper lobe pneumonia, with a 15-day history of fever and cough insensitive to oral amoxicillin and intramuscular ceftriaxone. Chest computed tomography scan revealed that the right upper lobe consolidation was an abscess and that a similar formation was present in the right mid region. Serology allowed the diagnosis of M. pneumoniae infection. The clinical picture rapidly improved after initiation of oral clarithromycin, and radiographic resolution, without sequelae, was observed after 1-month treatment. Lung abscess in children is a rare complication of M. pneumoniae infection and only three previous cases have been described in the literature, all associated with a delayed diagnosis and late initiation of macrolide therapy. A long-term treatment with oral macrolide allows a prompt recovery and restitution ad integrum of the lung.

  8. MRI demonstration of cervical spondylodiscitis and distal full-length bilateral paraspinal cold abscesses successfully treated by drug regimen only

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    Uenal, Oezkan; Kayan, Mustafa [Yuezuencue Yil University, Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Maras, Cad Van (Turkey); Akpinar, Fuat [Yuezuencue Yil University, Department of Orthopedics, Medical Faculty, Cad Van (Turkey); Cankaya, Hakan [Yuezuencue Yil University, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Medical Faculty, Cad Van (Turkey); Akdeniz, Necmettin [Yuezuencue Yil University, Department of Dermatology, Medical Faculty, Cad Van (Turkey)


    Cold abscesses, although common in spinal tuberculosis, are usually localized to the level of infection, follow tissue planes, and may extend into the spinal canal at any level. They may cause symptoms resulting from neurovascular compression, hemorrhage, and direct mass effect. We present an unusual case of cervical tuberculous spondylodiscitis in a 25-year old man with a cold abscesses involving the retropharyngeal, mediastinal, and retroperitoneal areas bilaterally. The abscess tracked from the neck to the psoas muscles bilaterally. Following the diagnosis the patient received 9 months of antituberculous therapy. MRI showed resolution on medical treatment alone. Even in the presence of massive paravertebral cold abscesses medical treatment alone may well suffice for this common worldwide disorder. MRI is ideal for monitoring regression of massive abscesses in deep anatomical locations. (orig.)

  9. Rare presentation of Brodie's abscess in the acromion process and the value of the penumbra sign. (United States)

    Gorter, Jelle; Rykov, Kyrill; Ott, Pieter; van Raay, Jos J A M


    A 17-year-old male patient presented with a swelling on his right shoulder 1 week after a fall. MRI revealed a superficial fluid collection of the acromion and trapezius muscle, with slight enhancement of the wall. The swelling burst open spontaneously after failed conservative therapy and was treated with surgical drainage and antibiotics. Tissue cultures showed a Staphylococcus aureus 1 year later, he presented with local red discolouration and a recurrent painful swelling that fluctuated at palpation. Radiographs showed a lytic lesion of the acromion process. MRI showed a sinus in the lytic cavity and a penumbra sign, which helped to identify this extremely rare occurrence of Brodie's abscess in the acromion process that was breaking through to the subcutaneous fat. The abscess was treated successfully with surgical drainage and intravenous antibiotics. In retrospect, the first MRI showed a small cortical indentation, with slight oedema of the acromion process. 2017 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  10. Pulmonary abscesses in congenital syphilis. (United States)

    Bell, Carrie; Taxy, Jerome


    Congenital syphilis remains a public health concern in the United States. Infants whose mothers are treated in the third trimester without adequate prenatal care have an increased risk of morbidity and mortality in the immediate perinatal period. The identification of Treponema pallidum in tissue is definitive confirmation of infection. We report the case of a 32-week gestational age infant born to a mother treated for syphilis 7 days prior to delivery. The infant died 12.5 hours after birth. At autopsy, there was extensive acute hyaline membrane disease. In addition, there were bilateral pulmonary abscesses with spirochetes. The onset of maternal disease was unknown, but was probably early in or prior to the pregnancy. This is an unusual case of pulmonary involvement in congenital syphilis.

  11. Emphysematous prostatic abscess with rectoprostatic fistula

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    Po-Cheng Chen


    Full Text Available Emphysematous prostatic abscess is a rare but relatively serious infectious disease, and its association with rectoprostatic fistula is extremely unusual. The reported risk factors for this condition include diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, and prostate surgery. We report a rare case of emphysematous prostatic abscess successfully treated by transurethral drainage. Nonetheless, a rectoprostatic fistula was found postoperatively. The fistula healed spontaneously without fasting or fecal diversion after suprapubic cystostomy and placement of a urethral catheter. This case highlights the importance of surgical drainage for the treatment of an emphysematous prostatic abscess and that conservative treatment can be a safe and effective approach for an associated rectoprostatic fistula.

  12. [Cervical Pott's disease revealed by retropharyngeal abscesses]. (United States)

    Benhammou, A; Bencheikh, R; Benbouzid, M-A; Boulaich, M; Essakali, L; Kzadri, M


    Retropharyngeal abscesses are exceptional in adults. The etiologies are numerous, cervical spine tuberculosis is one of them. We report two cases of cervical Pott's disease revealed by a retropharyngeal abscess. The clinical presentation was non-specific, dominated by oropharyngeal obstruction. Radiological findings suggested the diagnosis, showing a retropharyngeal collection with vertebral osteolysis. The bacteriological and histological assessment confirmed the diagnosis. The evolution was favorable after treatment by antituberculosis drugs. Vertebral tuberculosis is rare. Cervical involvement is exceptional, and retropharyngeal abscesses can be the revealing feature of this condition. Symptoms are not specific. The diagnosis is based on radiological and bacteriological assessment. Treatment with antituberculosis drugs leads to a good outcome.

  13. Bilateral Psoas Muscle Abscess Associated with Emphysematous Cystitis

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    Jae-Ki Choi


    Full Text Available Psoas muscle abscess associated with emphysematous urinary tract infection is very rare. There were very few reports about urinary tract infections such as renal abscess, perinephric abscess, and emphysematous pyelonephritis complicated with psoas muscle abscess; however, psoas muscle abscess associated with emphysematous cystitis has not yet been reported. Here, we report a case of bilateral posas muscle abscess following emphysematous cystitis in an 81-year-old nondiabetic man, who was treated successfully with prolonged antibiotic therapy and supportive care. Early recognition of psoas muscle abscess can prevent aggressive interventional procedure and warrant good prognosis.

  14. Amoebic liver abscess production by Entamoeba dispar. (United States)

    Dolabella, Silvio S; Serrano-Luna, Jesús; Navarro-García, Fernando; Cerritos, René; Ximénez, Cecilia; Galván-Moroyoqui, José Manuel; Silva, Edward F; Tsutsumi, Víctor; Shibayama, Mineko


    Although Entamoeba dispar displays a similar morphology to Entamoeba histolytica, cellular and molecular studies have revealed significant differences between these two amoebae, including the former being characterized as non-pathogenic and the later as pathogenic. However, recent in vivo and in vitro experiments have shown that E. dispar strains of different origin are capable of causing liver damage and destroying cell culture lines in the presence of common intestinal bacteria. These results suggested that E. dispar may present pathogenic behavior according to the specific E. dispar strain, culture and environmental conditions. To investigate this possibility, we carried out in vivo and in vitro studies using a xenic strain E. dispar (ICB-ADO) isolated from a symptomatic non-dysenteric Brazilian patient. This strain was able to induce liver necrosis in a hamster model that was more severe than that produced by E. histolytica. The ICB-ADO isolate also caused significantly more destruction of cultured MDCK cells and increased loss of transepithelial resistance than did the E. histolytica. Xenic E. dispar exhibited high proteolytic activity, which was partially inhibited by the addition of cysteine-protease inhibitors. Based on our biochemical and molecular characterization of E. dispar (ICB-ADO) xenic culture and its ability to produce liver abscesses, we conclude that this specific strain can indeed produce tissue damage, distinct from the frequently used non- pathogenic E. dispar SAW 760 strain.

  15. Ruptured Tubo-Ovarian Abscess in a Postmenopausal Woman Presenting with Septic Shock: a Case Report and Literature Review

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    Chun-Chieh Chi


    Conclusion: Tubo-ovarian abscesses in postmenopausal women are uncommon but should be kept in mind with a pelvic tumor accompanied by septic shock, as this may cause a terrible outcome and other sequelae.

  16. Prevalence and Prognosis of Intracerebral Abscess

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    J Gordon Millichap


    Full Text Available Of 386 patients treated for intracerebral abscess at Children’s Hospital, Boston between 1981 and 2000 and identified from databases, 55 had the diagnosis confirmed by cranial imaging or autopsy reports.

  17. Campylobacter upsaliensis isolated from a breast abscess. (United States)

    Gaudreau, C; Lamothe, F


    Campylobacter upsaliensis is a rare human pathogen recovered so far only from stools or blood from patients with enterocolitis or bacteremia. We report the isolation of C. upsaliensis from a breast abscess. PMID:1583149

  18. Campylobacter upsaliensis isolated from a breast abscess.


    Gaudreau, C; Lamothe, F


    Campylobacter upsaliensis is a rare human pathogen recovered so far only from stools or blood from patients with enterocolitis or bacteremia. We report the isolation of C. upsaliensis from a breast abscess.


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    a cardiac source (intracardiac shunt, endocarditis), a skin pustule, diverticulitis of the bowel ... and Fung J. Brain abscess in solid organ transplant recipients receiving cyclosporine-based immunosuppression. Arch. Surg. 1997; 132: 304 -. 310.

  20. Brain Abscess after Percutaneous Therapy for Trigeminal Neuralgia

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    Michele Acqui


    Full Text Available We report a case of brain abscess following the percutaneous treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. This procedure envisages the access with a needle into the middle cranial fossa through the oral cavity. Thus, in this case, the bacterial infection can be more likely ascribed to the possible contamination of the needle inside the oral cavity rather than to other frequent and more controllable causes of infection like an imperfect sterilization of surgical instruments or an inadequate antiseptic preparation of both operator’s hands and patient’s skin. The subsequent brain abscess was treated with antibiotic therapy (Vancomycin 2 gr a day and Meropenem 8 g a day for 22 days before the surgical procedure and 30 days after, until complete normalization of laboratory parameters, clinical parameters, and neurological symptoms and surgical drainage, although the culture of the abscess capsule and the purulent material resulted sterile. In conclusion, the percutaneous therapy for trigeminal neuralgia can be objectively related to risks, even if performed by expert hands. Therefore, it is important that the patient should be advised regarding risks/benefits and/or septic complications of such procedures, even if they occur very seldom. An association of surgery and antibiotic therapy results as effective treatment for this pathologic condition.

  1. Brain abscess with an unexpected finding: Actinomyces meyeri CNS infection

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    Eiset, Andreas Halgreen; Thomsen, Marianne Kragh; Wejse, Christian

    Background: CNS infection caused by Actinomyces spp. is rare and the subtype Actinomyces meyeri even rarer. Risk factors include periodontal disease and alcohol overuse. We present a case report of a 54-year-old female with dental and lung foci. Case history: A female was hospitalised with tonic......-up. The source of infection was most likely periodontitis with spread to the lungs from aspiration or oropharyngeal secretion into the respiratory tract, alternatively from haematogenous spread. Conclusions: We report of the successful treatment of a cerebral abscess caused by A. meyeri with narrow spectrum...

  2. Clinical features of cervical pyogenic spondylitis and intraspinal abscess. (United States)

    Miyazaki, Masashi; Yoshiiwa, Toyomi; Kodera, Ryuzo; Tsumura, Hiroshi


    Retrospective study. The purpose of the present study was to elucidate the clinical features of cervical pyogenic spondylitis and intraspinal abscess and to use this knowledge for early diagnosis and treatment. Cervical pyogenic spondylitis and intraspinal abscess are relatively rare diseases in which accurate diagnosis is difficult at early stage. However, because both diseases can cause severe paralysis and vital crisis at advanced stages, early diagnosis and treatment are very important. Fourteen patients (men: 9, women: 5; average age at treatment: 65.4 y; age range: 49-89 y) with cervical pyogenic spondylitis and/or intraspinal abscess were treated in our hospital. We analyzed their initial symptoms, initial diagnosis, duration between the appearance of initial symptoms and final diagnosis, symptoms at final diagnosis, level of the affected cervical spine, predisposing factors, organisms, and treatments. Initial symptoms included neck pain with fever (n=7), neck pain without fever (n=3), pharyngeal pain with fever (n=1), muscle weakness in both the upper and lower extremities (n=1), gait disturbance (n=1), and numbness of the lower extremities (n=1). Patients were initially diagnosed with meningitis (n=4), fever of unknown origin (n=2), cervical spondylosis (n=2), polymyalgia rheumatica (n=1), upper respiratory tract inflammation (n=1), metastatic spinal tumor (n=1), cervical spondylotic myelopathy (n=1), and cervical disc herniation (n=1). Of the 14 patients, 1 was correctly diagnosed with cervical pyogenic spondylitis. The initial symptoms of cervical pyogenic spondylitis and intraspinal abscess varied and neck pain with fever was not essential. Therefore, doctors should consider the possibility of cervical pyogenic spondylitis and repeat the assessments of the clinical examination for early diagnosis of this disease.

  3. Primary mediastinal tuberculous abscess: Demonstration with MR

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    Gupta, R.K.; Jena, A.; Prakash, R.; Sharma, B.K.; Talukdar, B.; Pant, K.


    An unusual case of primary mediastinal tuberculous abscess is presented in whom the diagnosis was obtained on magnetic resonance (MR) and ultrasound (US) guided aspiration cytology. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated from direct smear as well as from culture of the 'pus'. Normal spine signal with MR and normal bone scintigraphy excluded any vertebral focus of infection. MR was helpful in defining the extent and characterising the abscess besides excluding a vertebral focus of infection.

  4. Brain Abscess Presenting as Postpartum Diabetes Insipidus

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    Silvia So-Haei Liu


    Conclusion: The diagnosis of brain abscess in this patient was masked by postpartum diabetes insipidus, which is an unusual manifestation. Symptoms and signs of brain abscess are nonspecific in the early stage and missed diagnosis is not uncommon. In conclusion, we reaffirm the importance of remarking on any past relevant information, and one should always be aware of any unresolved symptoms even though they may be nonspecific.

  5. Management of Nerve Abscesses in Leprosy

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    K P Bhagat


    Full Text Available Nineteen cases of ulnar nerve abscess were subjected to evacuation and later on to extraneural decompression with medical longitudinal epineurotomy. Excellent sensory recovery was seen and was earlier than motor recovery. Sensory recovery was seen more in younger than in elder age group. Evacuation of abscess and "traneural and intraneural decompression reduces the pressure effects on nerve and recovery is seen which can be explained on the basis of increased vascularity postoperatively.

  6. Scalp abscess--a cautionary tale.

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    Nugent, Nora F


    Transcranial extension of frontal sinus infection is a rare, but not eradicated entity. We present a 21-year-old male, in whom a persistent scalp abscess heralded the discovery of skull vault osteomyelitis and extradural abscesses secondary to frontal sinusitis. Patients with prolonged or unusual symptoms with a history of sinusitis or trauma warrant further investigation as they may have developed serious intracranial complications. Urgent management, both surgical and antimicrobial, is indicated in such scenarios.

  7. Classic type epithelioid sarcoma mimicking multiple droplet-like abscesses in the lower leg

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    Park, Eun Hae; Lee, Young Han; Hahn, Seok; Kim, Sang kyum; Suh, Jin Suck [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Epithelioid sarcoma is an uncommon, slow-growing soft tissue tumor that usually arises in the distal part of an upper extremity, predominantly occurring in young adults. Classic-type epithelioid sarcomas appear to be less aggressive and have a better prognosis. In magnetic resonance imaging, epithelioid sarcoma usually appears as a subcutaneous mass or ulcer with cutaneous erosion. Here, we report a classic-type epithelioid sarcoma in a 68-year-old male without an apparent mass, presenting with only numerous small disseminated droplet-like ring-enhancing nodules mimicking abscesses, and multiple metastases.

  8. High negative pressure subcutaneous suction drain for managing debilitating subcutaneous emphysema secondary to tube thoracostomy for an iatrogenic post computed tomography guided transthoracic needle biopsy pneumothorax: Case report and review of literature

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    Zeeshan Ahmed


    Conclusion: Debilitating subcutaneous emphysema which causes distress, anxiety, palpebral closure, dyspnoea or dysphagia requires intervention. High negative pressure subcutaneous suction drain provides immediate and sustained relief in extensive and debilitating SE.

  9. [Splenic abscesses: From diagnosis to therapy]. (United States)

    Davido, B; Dinh, A; Rouveix, E; Crenn, P; Hanslik, T; Salomon, J


    Splenic abscess is septic collection which occurs after haematogenous spread or local dissemination. Splenic abscess is an uncommon and rare condition, more frequently affecting male and immunocompromised patients. There are no guidelines regarding its diagnosis and management. Computed tomography (CT) scan is highly sensitive and specific (95% and 92%, respectively) in the diagnosis of splenic abscess. Diagnosis is based on blood cultures which are positive in 24 to 80% of cases. Bacterial growth culture of abscess after drainage is more efficient (50-80%) and can be performed after surgery or percutaneous drainage under imaging, including CT scan. Microorganisms involved are frequently enterobacteriaceae, gram-positive cocci and anaerobes. This particular ecology leads to an empiric broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy, with a variable duration, from 10days to more than one month. Management remains very close to the one applied in case of liver abscesses. The role of splenectomy in the prevention of recurrence remains controversial. We reviewed the literature regarding splenic abscesses, from diagnosis to therapy. Copyright © 2017 Société Nationale Française de Médecine Interne (SNFMI). Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

  10. Chronic factitial ulcer of chin cured by endodontic (root-canal) surgery for underlying periapical abscess. (United States)

    Shelley, W B; Shelley, E D


    In a determined search for the cause of a "factitial" ulcer of the jaw, consultation with 3 dentists was required before an underlying periapical abscess was discovered. Within 3 months of endodontic surgery, this ulcer of 12 years duration had completely healed and remains healed. Too often dental infection is neither suspected nor detected as a cause of skin disease.

  11. Xylohypha bantiana Multiple Brain Abscesses in a Patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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    Khalid F AlHabib


    Full Text Available Xylohypha bantiana is a rare cause of cerebral fungal infection (phaeohyphomycosis. We report on a 72-year-old man who, while taking several immunosuppressive medications for systemic lupus erythematosus, presented with multiple bilateral cerebral abscesses caused by X bantiana. The lesions were not surgically amenable and the patient died two months after discontinuing antifungal therapy.

  12. Retropharyngeal abscess coinfected with Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis after rhinoviral infection in a 1-monthold infant

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    Jeong Hee Shin


    Full Text Available A retropharyngeal abscess is a rare disease entity in young infants but can develop after nasopharyngeal viral infection. Group B Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus are the most common pathogens in young infants, however, Mycobacterium tuberculosis is very rare. We report the case of retropharyngeal abscess and coinfection with Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a very young infant presenting with respiratory symptoms due to upper airway obstruction. Usually tuberculous retropharyngeal abscesses are caused by the direct invasion of the bacteria from the spine via anterior longitudinal ligament of the spine. However, in this case, no associated spinal disease was observed.

  13. Patent foramen ovale as a risk factor for cryptogenic brain abscess: case report and review of the literature. (United States)

    Horiuchi, Yohsuke; Kato, Yuji; Dembo, Tomohisa; Takeda, Hidetaka; Fukuoka, Takuya; Tanahashi, Norio


    We encountered a patient with brain abscess presumably caused by dental infection. The patient displayed patent foramen ovale (PFO) and a giant Eustachian valve, through which spontaneous right-to-left shunt was revealed by transesophageal echocardiography. Reviewing the literature, we find additional cases where brain abscess originated from an increased amount of flora commonly found in the oral cavity that bypassed the pulmonary vascular bed and the lymphatic system through PFO. Additionally, a Eustachian valve should be considered an adjunctive risk factor for initiating a spontaneous right-to-left shunt and predisposing cryptogenic brain abscess in patients with PFO.

  14. Understanding the Lung Abscess Microbiome: Outcomes of Percutaneous Lung Parenchymal Abscess Drainage with Microbiologic Correlation

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    Duncan, Christopher; Nadolski, Gregory J.; Gade, Terence; Hunt, Stephen, E-mail: [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology (United States)


    IntroductionLung parenchymal abscesses represent an uncommon pathology with high mortality if untreated. Although most respond well to antibiotics, the optimal therapy for persistent abscesses is unknown. The purpose of this study was to review the outcomes of percutaneous lung parenchymal abscess catheter drainage after broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy failure and correlate with patient microbiologic samples.Materials and MethodsRetrospective review of patients who underwent percutaneous lung abscess drainage at a tertiary hospital system from 2005 to 2015 was performed. In total, 19 procedures were identified on 16 different patients; six females and ten males. Mean patient age was 55 years (range 22–81). Median follow-up time was 7 months (range <1–78).ResultsTechnical success was 100%. There was one major complication, a pneumothorax. Follow-up was until tube removal or death in 100% of patients. Catheters were removed with resolution of the abscess cavity in 58% (11/19) or with non-draining abscess cavities in 21% (4/19) for a clinical success rate of 79%. Blood cultures demonstrated no growth in all cases, while 21% (4/19) of sputum or bronchoscopic cultures demonstrated growth. In comparison, the specimens from initial catheter placement isolated a causative organism in 95% (18/19) of case (p < 0.0001).ConclusionIn cases of persistent lung abscess after broad-spectrum antibiotics, percutaneous abscess drainage is highly sensitive for microbiologic sampling compared to sputum/bronchoscopic or blood cultures. Additionally, percutaneous drainage of lung parenchymal abscess cavities may promote resolution of the abscess with high rates of therapeutic success and low complications.

  15. Subcutaneous granuloma annulare: radiologic appearance

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    Kransdorf, M.J. [Saint Mary`s Hospital, Richmond, VA (United States). Dept. of Radiol.]|[Department of Radiologic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (United States); Murphey, M.D. [Department of Radiologic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (United States)]|[Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland (United States)]|[Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (United States); Temple, H.T. [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, Virginia (United States)]|[Department of Orthopedic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (United States)


    Objective. Granuloma annulare is an uncommon benign inflammatory dermatosis characterized by the formation of dermal papules with a tendency to form rings. There are several clinically distinct forms. The subcutaneous form is the most frequently encountered by radiologists, with the lesion presenting as a superficial mass. There are only a few scattered reports of the imaging appearance of this entity in the literature. We report the radiologic appearance of five cases of subcutaneous granuloma annulare. Design and patients. The radiologic images of five patients (three male, two female) with subcutaneous granuloma annulare were retrospectively studied. Mean patient age was 6.4 years (range, 2-13 years). The lesions occurred in the lower leg (two), foot, forearm, and hand. MR images were available for all lesions, gadolinium-enhanced imaging in three cases, radiographs in four, and bone scintigraphy in one. Results. Radiographs showed unmineralized nodular masses localized to the subcutaneous adipose tissue. The size range, in greatest dimension on imaging studies, was 1-4 cm. MR images show a mass with relatively decreased signal intensity on all pulse sequences, with variable but generally relatively well defined margins. There was extensive diffuse enhancement following gadolinium administration. Conclusion. The radiologic appearance of subcutaneous granuloma annulare is characteristic, typically demonstrating a nodular soft-tissue mass involving the subcutaneous adipose tissue. MR images show a mass with relatively decreased signal intensity on all pulse sequences and variable but generally well defined margins. There is extensive diffuse enhancement following gadolinium administration. Radiographs show a soft-tissue mass or soft-tissue swelling without evidence of bone involvement or mineralization. This radiologic appearance in a young individual is highly suggestive of subcutaneous granuloma annulare. (orig.) With 3 figs., 17 refs.

  16. A case of pituitary abscess presenting without a source of infection or prior pituitary pathology

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    Full Text Available Pituitary abscess is a relatively uncommon cause of pituitary hormone deficiencies and/or a suprasellar mass. Risk factors for pituitary abscess include prior surgery, irradiation and/or pathology of the suprasellar region as well as underlying infections. We present the case of a 22-year-old female presenting with a spontaneous pituitary abscess in the absence of risk factors described previously. Her initial presentation included headache, bitemporal hemianopia, polyuria, polydipsia and amenorrhoea. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of her pituitary showed a suprasellar mass. As the patient did not have any risk factors for pituitary abscess or symptoms of infection, the diagnosis was not suspected preoperatively. She underwent transsphenoidal resection and purulent material was seen intraoperatively. Culture of the surgical specimen showed two species of alpha hemolytic Streptococcus, Staphylococcus capitis and Prevotella melaninogenica. Urine and blood cultures, dental radiographs and transthoracic echocardiogram failed to show any source of infection that could have caused the pituitary abscess. The patient was treated with 6 weeks of oral metronidazole and intravenous vancomycin. After 6 weeks of transsphenoidal resection and just after completion of antibiotic therapy, her headache and bitemporal hemianopsia resolved. However, nocturia and polydipsia from central diabetes insipidus and amenorrhoea from hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism persisted.

  17. Management of patients with Streptococcus milleri brain abscesses. (United States)

    Kowlessar, P I; O'Connell, N H; Mitchell, R D; Elliott, S; Elliott, T S J


    We evaluated the efficacy of cefotaxime in the management of brain abscesses caused by Streptococcus milleri. Twenty two patients with a S. milleri brain abscess were treated with metronidazole and cefotaxime, in accordance with recent recommendations by the British Society Of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC). Seven patients who had Glasgow Coma Scales < or =11 also received rifampicin and high dose cefotaxime. The clinical response of the patients was determined. A retrospective study at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham covering the period April 1996-March 2004 was carried out. Neurosurgical and anti-microbial therapeutic approaches were reviewed. Any evidence of improvement of clinical features and radiological disappearance of brain abscesses were determined. Outcome was assessed using the Glasgow Outcome Score (GOS) at 3 and 6 months from the time of surgical intervention. Eighteen patients (82%) had a good outcome by 6 months, with an outcome score of 4-5. Thirteen patients resumed normal life despite minor deficits (GOS 5), while a further five patients had moderate disability though remained independent (GOS 4). One patient had a GOS of 3 and there were three deaths (14). The minimum time to radiological resolution of the abscess was within 1 month in six cases (27) These all represented solitary lesions that required a single drainage procedure in conjunction with 4 weeks of intravenous cefotaxime and metronidazole. Ten cases (45%) had resolution within 4 months and a further three cases took at least 6 months from the time of surgery to show radiological clearance. This cohort of patients responded favourably to the guidelines recommended by the BSAC. This was confirmed by the Glasgow Outcome Score (GOS 4-5) at 6 months review. Cefotaxime at a higher dose with rifampicin was prescribed for patients presenting with a decreased conscious level (GCS 8-11), subsequent failure of anticipated clinical improvement or clinical deterioration. There was no

  18. Severe subcutaneous generalized edema in a patient with dermatomyositis. (United States)

    Ito, Yoshinaga; Kawabata, Daisuke; Yukawa, Naoichiro; Yoshifuji, Hajime; Usui, Takashi; Tanaka, Masao; Fujii, Takao; Mimori, Tsuneyo


    Subcutaneous generalized edema associated with dermatomyositis (DM)/polymyositis (PM) is extremely rare. Herein we report a case of severe subcutaneous generalized edema complicating DM. A 78-year-old woman was hospitalized in our department because of massive edema in the four limbs. Elevated muscle enzymes, heliotrope rash, results of electromyography, and muscle biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of DM. The absence of other diseases that could cause the symptoms indicated that massive edema was correlated with the pathophysiology of DM. Although myopathy and edema responded well to oral prednisolone, dysphagia persisted. We conclude that subcutaneous generalized edema can occur during the course of DM/PM, and subcutaneous vasculopathy may be involved in the pathogenesis of DM/PM.

  19. Structural rationale for the modulation of abscess formation by Staphylococcus aureus capsular polysaccharides. (United States)

    Tzianabos, A O; Wang, J Y; Lee, J C


    Staphylococcus aureus is a medically important bacterial pathogen that is a common cause of superficial and deep-seated abscesses in humans. Most S. aureus isolates produce either a serotype 5 or 8 capsular polysaccharide (CP) that has been shown to enhance bacterial virulence. We investigated the role of S. aureus CPs in modulating abscess formation in an experimental animal model of intraabdominal infection. Structural studies of CP8 revealed that it has a zwitterionic charge motif conferred by the negatively charged carboxyl group of N-acetylmannosaminuronic acid and free amino groups available on partially N-acetylated fucosamine residues. We report that purified CP5 and CP8 facilitated intraabdominal abscess formation in animals when given i.p. with a sterile cecal contents adjuvant. Chemical modifications that neutralized the positively or negatively charged groups on CP8 abrogated its ability to provoke abscesses. Rats prophylactically treated with CP8 s.c. were protected against abscess formation induced by homologous or heterologous zwitterionic polysaccharides. Likewise, treatment with CP8 protected against challenge with viable S. aureus strains PS80 (a capsule type 8 strain) or COL (a methicillin-resistant capsule type 5 strain). Purified CP8 was a potent activator of rat and human CD4(+) T cells in vitro. When transferred to naive rats, these activated T cells modulated the development of intraabdominal abscess formation. These results provide a structure/function rationale for abscess formation by S. aureus and expand the sphere of encapsulated organisms that interact directly with T cells to regulate this host response to bacterial infection.

  20. Nocardia farcinica bacteraemia presenting as a prostate abscess

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    Hana Scorey


    Full Text Available Nocardia is characterised as a Gram positive filamentous rod and is found worldwide in soil, decaying vegetable matter and aquatic environments. Localised pulmonary infection is the most common clinical presentation. However, Nocardia can present in a wide variety of clinical manifestations, especially in the immunocompromised individual. We present the first case of a prostate abscess caused by Nocardia farcinica in a man with a history of severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. He had been on long term immunosuppression for this with prednisolone and etanercept. His Nocardia was likely contracted through direct skin inoculation while gardening with haematological dissemination to the prostate. He responded well to long term sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim.

  1. Crizotinib-induced Rectal Perforation with Abscess. (United States)

    Yanagisawa, Asako; Hayama, Noriko; Amano, Hiroyuki; Nakamura, Makoto; Hirano, Satoshi; Nakamura, Sukeyuki; Tabeta, Hiroshi


    An 86-year-old Japanese man was diagnosed with stage IV lung adenocarcinoma. The patient was treated with crizotinib after echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 (EML4)-anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearrangement was detected from his pleural effusion. He subsequently developed abdominal pain and rebound tenderness in the right lower abdomen. Contrast-enhanced abdominal CT showed a low-density area in the abdominal cavity. The size of the abscess was decreased by drainage and the administration of antibiotics. Fistulography revealed a fistula from the rectum to the abscess, and a diagnosis of lower intestinal tract perforation with abscess formation was made. Crizotinib was discontinued and treatment with alectinib was initiated. The patient remains under treatment as an outpatient at our department without adverse effects.

  2. [Treatment of amebic hepatic abscess with tinidazole]. (United States)

    Cervantes, L F; Haua Kuri, J; Castillo, A; Guzmán, C


    The patients reviewed in this study are thirty individuals with acute amoebic hepatic abscess. They were given tinidazol, two grams a day in one dose, for three days, with the object of ascertaining if this would be adequate treatment and without important side effects. The clinical diagnosis was confirmed by X-rays of the thoraz and abdomen, laboratory studies and liver scans. This latter as well as the laboratory tests were repeated at 10 and 20 days. Several of the patients were considered to be gravely ill. In 43% of the patients there was hepatomegaly grade II or II, in 30% there was jaundice, in 64% the abscess was very large and in 30% there were several abscesses. In keeping with the guide lines previously agreed on, 28 patients were cured, or that is 93%. There were no important side effects.

  3. Transvaginal Ultrasound-Guided Aspiration of Pelvic Abscesses

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    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the utility of a less invasive approach to the care of women with a pelvic abscess, we retrospectively reviewed the outcome of women with pelvic abscesses managed by transvaginal ultrasound-guided aspiration.

  4. Human Listeriosis Presenting as Breast Abscess: Report of a Rare Case. (United States)

    Kandi, Venkataramana


    An abscess is defined as a collection of pus in various tissues of the body including skin and other organs. Abscesses most commonly are formed on the skin under the armpits, groin areas, and rectal areas. Most abscesses involve microbial infections with few remaining sterile. The treatment of abscesses includes both medical and surgical intervention. In the era of multidrug resistance, isolation and identification of the causative microbe and testing for antimicrobial susceptible patterns assume greater significance for the better management of patients, thereby reducing the resultant morbidity and mortality. Listeria spp. are a group of aerobic and non-spore forming gram-positive bacilli. They are present in the environment, soil, and water. Listeria spp. have also been noted to be present as a normal intestinal flora of animals. They are known for their ability to thrive under both cold and hot environmental conditions. Human infections with Listeria spp. have not been frequently reported, mostly because of the difficulty in laboratory identification and complex clinical presentations. In humans, Listeria spp. have been frequently responsible for food poisoning and neonatal meningitis. Although not considered as a classic pathogen, Listeria spp. are associated with infections in elderly people, pregnant women, newborns, and persons with weakened immune systems. This report presents a case of breast abscess caused by Listeria spp. in a young lactating female belonging to rural India.

  5. Amebic liver abscess and polycystic liver disease

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    Karan V. S. Rana


    Full Text Available Polycystic liver disease is a rare disorder which remains asymptomatic. Infection of cyst is a major complication and is usually pyogenic. We report a rare case of amebic liver abscess in a patient with polycystic liver disease. In our search we found one such case report. Clinical features and radiological findings are usually sufficient, but atypical history and the presence of multiple hepatic abscesses in CT scan delayed diagnosis in our case. Histopathology of the cyst wall and enzyme immunoassay asserted the diagnosis.

  6. Prostatic abscess in a neutered cat. (United States)

    Mordecai, Adam; Liptak, Julius M; Hofstede, Tamara; Stalker, Margaret; Kruth, Stephen


    A 6-year-old, male castrated domestic shorthair cat was presented for evaluation of lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, and constipation. Physical examination revealed an elevated body temperature and an extramural colonic mass. Abdominal ultrasonography demonstrated a hypoechoic mass measuring 2.2 cm in maximum dimension immediately caudal to the bladder. Cytological evaluation of a fine-needle aspirate confirmed the mass was a prostatic abscess. Abdominal celiotomy and prostatic omentalization were successful in resolving clinical abnormalities. Feline prostatic abscessation is a rare condition that has not been previously reported and may have a good outcome if treated early and appropriately.

  7. Nocardial adrenal abscess: CT and MR findings

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    Midiri, M.; Finazzo, M.; Bartolotta, T.V.; Maria, M. de [Istituto di Radiologia ``P. Cignolini``, Policlinico Universitario ``P. Giaccone``, Palermo (Italy)


    To our knowledge, four bacterial adrenal abscesses in adults have already been reported in the international literature, but an adrenal Nocardia abscess has never been described previously. In this report the CT and MR imaging appearances and the differential diagnosis of the entity are discussed. The mass could resemble a malignancy. The observation of a rapid growth and colliquation of the mass helped in distinguishing it from a malignancy. The associated pulmonary infection provided a further clue to the diagnosis. The diagnosis was confirmed by surgery. (orig.) With 3 figs., 12 refs.

  8. Hepatic Abscess: Case Report And Review

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    Conor McKaigney


    Full Text Available Hepatic abscess is an uncommon occurrence in North America, but can be a diagnostic challengefor emergency department physicians. The clinical signs and symptoms may vary, leading to delaysin diagnosis and higher morbidity. We present a case of a 35-year old male with a hepatic abscessinitially misdiagnosed as pneumonia. On subsequent return to the ED for back pain complaints, abedside ultrasound led to the appropriate diagnosis. This case report and discussion will attempt toreview the literature on the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of hepatic abscess for the emergencyphysician.

  9. Community-acquired Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess: an emerging infection in Ireland and Europe.

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    Moore, R


    INTRODUCTION: Klebsiella pneumoniae has emerged as a predominant cause of community-acquired mono-microbial pyogenic liver abscess. This was first described in Taiwan and has been widely reported in Asia. This infectious entity has been described in Europe, with single case reports predominating. METHODS: We present three cases in one year from our institution in Ireland and review the European literature to date. RESULTS\\/CONCLUSION: Klebsiella pneumoniae invasive liver abscess syndrome is now emerging in Europe and notably is not restricted to individuals of Asian descent.

  10. Feo-hifomicose subcutânea por Exophiala jeanselmei: registro de três casos em transplantados renais Subcutaneous phaeohyhomycosis caused by Exophiala jeanselmei: report of three cases in kidney transplant patients

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    Emil Sabbaga


    Full Text Available São registrados três casos de feo-hifornicose subcutânea em transplantados renais provocados pela Exophiala jeanselmei (Langeron McGinnis et Padhye 1977, fungo demácio capaz, também, de produzir raramente eumicetoma de grãos pretos. Este fungo, segundo KWON-CHUNG & BENNETT, 1992(27 é antigenicamente muito heterogêneo, sendo identificados até o presente momento três sorotipos com subgrupos dentro de cada um deles. A feo-hifomicose subcutânea vem se tornando cada vez mais freqüente em transplantados renais, submetidos a terapêutica imunodepressora. Como a Exophiala jeanselmei já foi isolada do meio ambiente, torna-se dificil explicar a patogenia desses casos por um despertar ou reativação de processos quiescentes. Os Autores fizeram ampla revisão da literatura, registrando principalmente os casos de feo-hifomicose publicados no Brasil. Sugerem também, eventual ação fungistática da ciclosporina A sobre a Exophiala jeanselmei.We report three cases of subcutaneous phaeohy-phomycosis due to Exophiala jeanselmei (Langeron McGinnis et Padhye 1977, in kidney transplant patients. Exophiala jeanselmei is a dematious fungus having also ability to rarely procedure eumycetoma (black grains. According to KWON-CHUNG & BENNETT (199227 such fungus is antigenically very heterogeneous, since so far three serotypes have been identified; each serotype including subgroups. Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis is becoming more and more frequent in kidney transplant patients submitted to an immunosupressive treatment. As Exophiala jeanselmei has already been isolated from the environment it becomes difficult to explain the pathogenicity of these cases by a reactivation of quiescent processes. The authors suggest an occasional fungistatic action of cyclosporine A upon Exophiala jeanselmei. A review of the literature was carried out with the report mainly of cases published in Brazil.

  11. Simultaneous Occurrence of Periodontal and Skin Abscesses in a ...

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    African Journal of Biomedical Research ... report a case of a girl with a perplexing clinical feature of simultaneous occurrence of periodontal and skin abscesses that resolved following periodontal therapy. ... Keywords: Case report, Periodontal abscesses, Skin abscesses, CRP, Non-surgical periodontal therapy, Resolution ...

  12. [Primary psoas abscess in a young healthy male

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    Nassehi, D.; Galbo, H.; Skovsgaard, F.


    A young male saw his general practitioner because of lower back pain, limpness, nightly sweating, subfebrilia, and weight loss. Further diagnostics showed that he had a primary psoas abscess. Psoas abscesses are categorized as primary and secondary. Primary psoas abscess is a rare disease in Europe...

  13. Nocardia brain abscess - case report and literature review | El ...

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    Background and purposeNocardia species is an aerobic soil-saprophyte bacterium, responsible for rare opportunistic infections, mainly reported in immunocompromised patients. Nocardia brain abscess accounts for 1 to 2% of cerebral abscess. Abscesses are mainly located in the brain stem. Prognosis is poor. Methods ...

  14. Brain abscess: a review | Magoha | East African Medical Journal

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    Objective: To carry out a current review of brain abscess data source: review of all the published literature on the brain abscess until august 2016 was carried out through internet, google, pubmed and medline searches. Data selection: Published data on brain abscess were included in the review. Data extraction: Abstracts ...

  15. Vulva cellulitis and abscess with extension to anterior abdominal wall

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    Background: Abscesses occur commonly in our environment. However abscesses of the vulva in children are not often seen but they do occur periodically, and there is a paucity of data on its prevalence in our environment. Aim: To present a case of vulva cellulitis and abscess with extension to anterior abdominal wall ...

  16. Drainage of Splenic Abscess: A Case Report | Kombo | Nigerian ...

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    ... and was managed by tube drainage. His post operative recovery was uneventful. Conclusion: Tube drainage of the splenic abscess is encouraged if there is easy access to the abscess and there is evidence of residual splenic tissue in the critically ill patient. Key Word: Tube drainage, splenic abscess, splenectomy.

  17. The acute orbit: Differentiation of orbital cellulitis from subperiosteal abscess by computerized tomography

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    Handler, L.C.; Davey, I.C. (Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town (South Africa). Dept. of Neuroradiology Cape Town Univ. (South Africa)); Hill, J.C.; Lauryssen, C. (Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town (South Africa). Dept. of Ophthalmology Cape Town Univ. (South Africa))


    A series of 65 patients suffering from acute inflammatory disease of the orbit was studied by CT. Ethmoiditis was the cause in the vast majority; trauma and dental extraction played a lesser role in causation. Orbital cellulitis was diagnosed in 17 and subperiosteal abscess in the remaining 48. It was not possible to differentiate 33 pus-containing abscesses from the six with inflammatory masses (phlegmons). The satisfactory response to aggressive medical treatment in those patients with inflammatory masses that were not drained justifies a more conservative approach; surgical drainage being reserved for those with a deterioration in proptosis, ocular movements or vision. Six abscesses arose de novo, of which some were in the orbital fat rather than the subperiosteal space. (orig.).

  18. Two cases with giant lung abscess originating in the irradiated lung field following the concurrent chemo-radiotherapy of lung cancer

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    Ikeda, Takeshi; Inui, Hiroyuki; Yukawa, Susumu; Nomoto, Hiroshi (Wakayama Medical Coll. (Japan)); Minakata, Yoshiaki; Yamagata, Toshiyuki


    Two patients with giant lung abscess originating in the irradiated lung field are reported. Lung abscesses occurred during the term of leukopenia following the concurrent chemo-radiotherapy of lung cancer. Both patients were diagnosed as small cell lung cancer, and were treated concurrently with chemotherapy (Cisplatin + Etoposide) and radiotherapy (total 40-50 Gy). Case 1 was a 59 years old male. Seven weeks after the first irradiation, a giant lung abscess was caused by methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) originated in the lung field with radiation pneumonitis, and giant bronchial fistula was formed, that showed the specific bronchofiberscopic findings. Case 2 was a 67 years old male. Twelve weeks after the first irradiation, a giant lung abscess was caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa originated in the irradiated lung field following the formation of a pneumatocele. MRSA and pseudomonas aeruginosa are important as cause of hospital infection, and both can cause lung abscess. However, in our cases, lung abscess were formed just in the irradiated lung field and rapidly enlarged. These clinical findings suggested that myelosuppression and radiation injury of lung tissue might cause such giant lung abscess. (author).

  19. Wandering Fish Bone: a Case of Pelvic Abscess due to Rectum Perforation Resulting from an Accidental Fish Bone Ingestion

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    Sirous Abbasi


    Full Text Available Fish bone is the most common foreign body that is ingested accidentally and can be caused gastrointestinal complications such as perforation, abstraction, and abscess. We describe a 75-year-old man who suffered from constipation, diarrhea, and fever and chills for 3 months. He had mild tenderness in hypogasteric region and also mild tenderness and swelling on anterior rectal wall and prostate upon clinical examination. The abdominal and pelvic sonography and CT scan findings suggested existence of abscess in the space of between bladder and rectum. The patient underwent laparotomy to drainage the pelvic abscess. The surgeon found a 6-cm fish bone which was embedded in the abscess. The presented case indicated the importance of accidental fish bone ingestion and its possible complications. In addition, the patients with abdominal pain, GI bleeding, and fever of unknown origin living in the seaside regions, the wandering fish bone as a differential diagnosis should be kept in mind.

  20. An experimental model for amoebic abscess production in the cheek pouch of the Syrian golden hamster, Mesocricetus auratus. (United States)

    Beg, M A; Kobayashi, S; Hussainy, A S; Hamada, A; Okuzawa, E; Smego, R A; Hussain, R


    A new experimental model was developed in hamsters for amoebic abscess caused by Entamoeba histolytica. E. histolytica trophozoites were cultured in a liquid axenic medium, and then injected intradermally into the cheek pouch of the Syrian golden hamster, Mesocricetus auratus. Inoculation consistently resulted in abscess formation at the site in 20 of 22 (91%) study animals. The amoebic nature of the abscesses was confirmed by light microscopy and histopathologic examination. Abscess formation was maximal at day 12 post-inoculation. Potential applications of this simple and reliable model include further elucidation of the pathogenesis of invasive amoebiasis, studies of the host response to amoebae, and in vivo evaluation of chemotherapeutic agents that show in vitro efficacy against E. histolytica.

  1. Synergistic antibacterial effects of localized heat and oxidative stress caused by hydroxyl radicals mediated by graphene/iron oxide-based nanocomposites. (United States)

    Pan, Wen-Yu; Huang, Chieh-Cheng; Lin, Tzu-Tsen; Hu, Hsin-Yi; Lin, Wei-Chih; Li, Meng-Ju; Sung, Hsing-Wen


    This work develops a composite system of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-iron oxide nanoparticles (rGO-IONP) that can synergistically induce physical and chemical damage to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that are present in subcutaneous abscesses. rGO-IONP was synthesized by the chemical deposition of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+) ions on nanosheets of rGO in aqueous ammonia. The antibacterial efficacy of the as-prepared rGO-IONP was evaluated in a mouse model with MRSA-infected subcutaneous abscesses. Upon exposure to a near-infrared laser in vitro, rGO-IONP synergistically generated localized heat and large amounts of hydroxyl radicals, which inactivated MRSA. The in vivo results reveal that combined treatment with localized heat and oxidative stress that is caused by hydroxyl radicals accelerated the healing of wounds associated with MRSA-infected abscesses. The above results demonstrate that an rGO-IONP nanocomposite system that can effectively inactivate multiple-drug-resistant bacteria in subcutaneous infections was successfully developed. The emergence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) has posed a significant problem in the clinical setting. Thus, it is imperative to develop new treatment strategies against this. In this study, the authors described the use of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-iron oxide nanoparticles (rGO-IONP) to induce heat and chemical damage to MRSA. This approach may provide a platform the design of other treatment modalities against multiple-drug-resistant bacteria. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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    Jul 9, 2013 ... E-mail: Conflict of interest: None declared. SUMMARY. Basidiobolomycosis is an uncommon chronic deep fungal infection in which gradually enlarging granulomas form, usually in the subcutaneous fat tissues of the limbs, chest or trunk of immunocompetent hosts, primarily children.

  3. Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous cervical emphysema ...

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    Sep 8, 2012 ... department with a history of increasing difficulty with breathing and ... ward and commenced on intravenous antibiotics and high flow oxygen. He made remarkable improvement with complete resolution of subcutaneous emphysema on the 4th day ... the left lateral decubitus position.18 Our patient met most.

  4. Pyrexial therapy in subcutaneous phycomycosis

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    Reddy BSN


    Full Text Available A case of subcutaneous phycomycosis occurring in a 2 ½ year old child is reported for its rarity, clinical interest and paucity of literature. The condition failed to resolve with conventional antimycotics but improved with the administration of concomitant pyrexial therapy.

  5. Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous cervical emphysema ...

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    Sep 8, 2012 ... to trauma or pathological disease state3, with gastroin- testinal and respiratory diseases most commonly impli- cated.4,5. The respiratory disease commonly associated with pneu- momediastinum and subcutaneous cervical emphysema is bronchial asthma.6 Pneumonia, though a very com- mon childhood ...

  6. Pelvic abscess as a result of incorrect three-piece implant usage

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    Yu. G. Alyaev


    Full Text Available The case presented is a demonstrative example of dangerous complication after penile prothesis implantation. Pelvic abscess with purulent fistula was a result of incorrect three-piece implant usage. Infectious complication was caused by the reservoir of the implant. In the event of such complications is necessary to use the full range of modern methods of radiation diagnosis.

  7. Pelvic abscess as a result of incorrect three-piece implant usage

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    Yu. G. Alyaev


    Full Text Available The case presented is a demonstrative example of dangerous complication after penile prothesis implantation. Pelvic abscess with purulent fistula was a result of incorrect three-piece implant usage. Infectious complication was caused by the reservoir of the implant. In the event of such complications is necessary to use the full range of modern methods of radiation diagnosis.

  8. Generalized Severe Periodontitis and Periodontal Abscess in Type 2 Diabetes: A Case Report

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    Sonnenschein Sarah K.


    Full Text Available The bidirectional relationship between periodontitis and diabetes mellitus can cause distinct oral symptoms that can impact the general health conditions of affected patients. The presented case report of a female diabetes type 2 patient with severe periodontitis and a periodontal abscess shows how interdisciplinary collaboration between the attending physician and dentist can significantly improve oral conditions and metabolic control.

  9. Lesion mimicking perianal abscess in an immunocompromised patient: Report of a case

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    Aranzazu Calero-Lillo


    CONCLUSION: Intramuscular administration of drugs should be avoided in patients with thrombocytopenia. Gluteal region is connected to perianal area through the sciatic notch. Usually perianal abscess in immunocompromised patients arise from proctologic origin, but other causes may be taken into account.

  10. Achromobacter xylosoxidans subsp. xylosoxidans prosthetic aortic valve infective endocarditis and aortic root abscesses. (United States)

    van Hal, S; Stark, D; Marriott, D; Harkness, J


    We report a case of prosthetic valve infective endocarditis and aortic root abscesses caused by Achromobacter xylosoxidans subsp. xylosoxidans. The patient was an intravenous drug user and had injected amphetamines using 'duck pond water' as a diluent. After surgical intervention and 6 weeks of intravenous meropenem therapy, the patient made an uneventful recovery.

  11. Fine needle aspiration cytology as an aid to diagnosis, categorization and treatment when pure neuritic leprosy presents as nerve abscess (United States)

    Kiran, C M; Menon, Roshni


    Background: Pure neuritic leprosy (PNL) usually presents with neurological symptoms without skin involvement. Fine needle aspiration can play an important role in the management of PNL cases presenting as nerve abscesses. Aim: To assess the role of fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) in diagnosing and categorizing PNL cases presenting as nerve abscesses in the absence of neurological symptoms. Materials and Methods: Five patients with subcutaneous nerve related swellings without clinically evident neurological deficits were subjected to FNAC. As the cytological features were suggestive of nerve abscesses due to leprosy, Fite stain was performed in all cases. As none of the patients had any leprosy skin lesions, they were diagnosed as cases of PNL. Features like cellularity, caseous necrosis, presence or absence of lymphocytes, macrophages, epithelioid cells, granulomas, Langhans giant cells and nerve elements were analyzed with the bacteriological index, to categorize PNL according to the Ridley-Jopling classification. Results: Based on the cytological features and bacteriological indices, 3 cases were cytologically categorized into tuberculoid (TT)/borderline tuberculoid (BT) leprosy and the other two, as BT/borderline lepromatous (BL) and BL leprosy respectively in spite of having similar clinical presentation. Based on the cytological diagnoses, category-specific treatment could be instituted with clinical improvement. Conclusions: The simple and minimally invasive FNAC procedure allows diagnosis and a reasonably accurate categorization of PNL presenting as nerve abscess and therefore, highly useful in its clinical management. PMID:24648666

  12. Abdominal abscesses with enteric communications: CT findings

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    Chintapalli, K.; Thorsen, M.K.; Foley, W.D.; Unger, G.F.


    CT examinations of four proven abdominal abscesses with enteric communications are reported. All the patients received oral contrast (3% Gastrografin solution). Three patients recieved rectal contrast. The patient who did not receive rectal contrast had a prior abdominoperineal resection. Contrast material was administered intravenously unless there was a contraindication or a suspected enteric vesical fistula. A representative case is described.

  13. Diagnosis and treatment of prostatic abscess

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    Paulo Oliveira


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Present and discuss the pathogenesis, diagnostic methods and treatment of the prostatic abscess. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We have retrospectively studied the medical records of 9 patients diagnosed and treated for prostatic abscess, between March 1998 and December 2000, assessing age, context, associated diseases, and diagnostic and therapeutic methods. We have compared the data found with those described in literature, based on Medline data. RESULTS: Mean age was 52.6 years. Three patients had previous diabetes mellitus diagnosis, and one was infected by HIV virus. Transrectal ultrasound of the prostate confirmed the diagnosis of prostatic abscess in all 7 cases in which it was performed. All cases received antibiotic treatment, and 77.8% needed concomitant surgical treatment. Two cases of microabscess were treated only with antibiotics. Four patients were submitted to perineal catheter drainage, 2 were submitted to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP, and one patient required both procedures. Mean hospitalization time was 11.2 days, and most frequent bacterial agent was S. aureus. All patients were discharged from the hospital, and there was no death in this series. CONCLUSIONS: Prostatic abscess should be treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics and surgical drainage (perineal puncture or TURP. Microabscess may heal without surgery.

  14. Liver abscesses in dromedary camels: Pathological characteristics ...

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    (41.1%), Corynebacterium spp. (17.9%) and Streptococcus spp. (13.3%) were the most frequently identified bacteria involved in liver abscesses of camels in the region. Further studies are required to assess the pathogenicity of bacterial isolates from camel livers. This is particularly important from a public health perspective ...

  15. Retropharyngeal cold abscess without Pott's spine

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    space is one of the rareforms of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Early diagnosis and ... We present a case of tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess in an adult woman without tuberculosis of the cervical spine who was managed surgically by aspirating the .... settings of immune suppression, such as diabetes. A plain lateral.

  16. Case study: lessons from a laryngeal abscess

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    Case study: lessons from a laryngeal abscess. Robert Wisea,b* and Garth Skinnerc. aDepartment of Anaesthetics, Critical Care, and Pain Management, Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg 3200, South Africa. bPerioperative Research Group, Discipline of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Nelson R Mandela School of ...

  17. Case study: lessons from a laryngeal abscess

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    pathology is explored, as well as the diagnostic error that could have resulted in serious complications. Keywords: asthma, error, laryngeal .... The difference between visualising an oedematous larynx due to an abscess versus ... prone to error, and then pro- viding guidance on how to build strategies to avoid mistakes,.

  18. Right paratesticular abscess mimicking neonatal testicular torsion ...

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    U.O. Ezomike

    Abstract. The clinical presentation of neonatal paratesticular abscess may closely resemble that of, neonatal testicular torsion and the use of scrotal ultrasonography to differentiate the two has low, sensitivity. We propose early operative treatment of suspected neonatal testicular torsion to salvage, the testicle in cases of ...

  19. Proteus mirabilis abscess involving the entire neural axis. (United States)

    Kamat, A S; Thango, N S; Husein, M Ben


    Intramedullary spinal cord abscesses are rare and potentially devastating lesions usually associated with other infective processes such as bacterial endocarditis, or pulmonary or urogenital infection. We describe a 2-year-old girl who presented with an infected dermal sinus leading to an intraspinal abscess. This abscess eventually spread and involved the entire neural axis leaving her quadriparetic. Drainage of the abscess resulted in recovery and the child regained normal function of her limbs. To our knowledge this is the first documented case of an intramedullary abscess involving the entire neural axis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Peroxynitrite and Peroxiredoxin in the Pathogenesis of Experimental Amebic Liver Abscess

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    Judith Pacheco-Yepez


    Full Text Available The molecular mechanisms by which Entamoeba histolytica causes amebic liver abscess (ALA are still not fully understood. Amebic mechanisms of adherence and cytotoxic activity are pivotal for amebic survival but apparently do not directly cause liver abscess. Abundant evidence indicates that chronic inflammation (resulting from an inadequate immune response is probably the main cause of ALA. Reports referring to inflammatory mechanisms of liver damage mention a repertoire of toxic molecules by the immune response (especially nitric oxide and reactive oxygen intermediates and cytotoxic substances released by neutrophils and macrophages after being lysed by amoebas (e.g., defensins, complement, and proteases. Nevertheless, recent evidence downplays these mechanisms in abscess formation and emphasizes the importance of peroxynitrite (ONOO−. It seems that the defense mechanism of amoebas against ONOO−, namely, the amebic thioredoxin system (including peroxiredoxin, is superior to that of mammals. The aim of the present text is to define the importance of ONOO− as the main agent of liver abscess formation during amebic invasion, and to explain the superior capacity of amoebas to defend themselves against this toxic agent through the peroxiredoxin and thioredoxin system.

  1. Peritonsillar abscess: epidemiology and relationship with climate variations. (United States)

    Freire, G S M; Dos Santos, J H Z; Rolón, P A; Pinheiro, G B; Sampaio, A L L


    Peritonsillar abscess is the most common deep infection of the head and neck in young adults. It is considered a purulent complication of acute tonsillitis, but other mechanisms have been proposed. There is no consensus as to whether seasonality affects peritonsillar abscess incidence. This observational, descriptive, retrospective study explored the epidemiology of peritonsillar abscess and its relationship with seasonality. The cases were selected from the emergency otolaryngology service of a tertiary hospital. The sample comprised 528 patients (42.61 per cent males, mean age = 26.63 years). A moderate positive correlation was found between peritonsillar abscess incidence and monthly average temperature. No associations were found with insolation, precipitation or humidity. In this sample, peritonsillar abscess was more likely to occur in warmer months. The findings corroborate the theory that peritonsillar abscess is not a direct complication of acute tonsillitis and may improve understanding of peritonsillar abscess aetiology.

  2. Transrectal Drainage of Deep Pelvic Abscesses Using a Combined Transrectal Sonographic and Fluoroscopic Guidance

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    Jeong, Kyung Soon; Lee, Eun Jung; Ko, Ji Ho; Joh, Young Duk [Gospel Hospital, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Gyoo Sik [Ulsan Hospital, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the feasibility and clinical efficacy of transrectal drainage of a deep pelvic abscess using combined transrectal sonographic and fluoroscopic guidance. From March 1995 and August 2004, 17 patients (9 men; 8 women; mean age, 39 years) suffering from pelvic pain, fever and leukocytosis were enrolled in this retrospective study. Ultrasound (US) or computed tomography (CT), which was obtained prior to the procedure, showed pelvic fluid collections that were deemed unapproachable by the percutaneous trans abdominal routes. Transrectal drainage of the pelvic abscess was performed under combined transrectal sonographic and fluoroscopic guidance. The causes of the deep pelvic abscess were postoperative complications (n=7), complications associated with radiation (n=3) and chemotherapy (n=1) as well as unknown causes (n=6). A 7.5-MHz end-firing transrectal US probe with a needle biopsy guide attachment was advanced into the rectum. Once the abscess was identified, a needle was advanced via the biopsy guide and the abscess was punctured. Under US guidance, either a 0.018'or 0.035' guide wire was passed through the needle in the abscess. Under fluoroscopic guidance, the tract was dilated to the appropriate diameter with sequential fascial dilators, and a catheter was placed over the guide wire within the abscess. Clinical success of drainage was determined by a combination closure of the cavity on the follow up images and diminished leukocytosis. The technical and clinical success rate, complications, and patient's discomfort were analyzed. Drainage was technically successful in all patients and there were no serious complications. Surgery was eventually performed in two cases due to fistular formation with the rectum and leakage of the anastomosis site. The procedure was well tolerated in all but one patient who complained of discomfort while the catheter was inserted . The catheter did not interfere with defecation and there was no incidence of

  3. Injectable agents affecting subcutaneous fats. (United States)

    Chen, David Lk; Cohen, Joel L; Green, Jeremy B


    Mesotherapy is an intradermal or subcutaneous injection of therapeutic agents to induce local effects, and was pioneered in Europe during the 1950s. For the past 2 decades, there has been significant interest in the use of mesotherapy for minimally invasive local fat contouring. Based on the theorized lipolytic effects of the agent phosphatidylcholine, initial attempts involved its injection into subcutaneous tissue. With further studies, however, it became apparent that the activity attributed to phosphatidylcholine mesotherapy was due to the adipolytic effects of deoxycholate, a detergent used to solubilize phosphatidylcholine. Since then, clinical trials have surfaced that demonstrate the efficacy of a proprietary formulation of deoxycholate for local fat contouring. Current trials on mesotherapy with salmeterol, a b-adrenergic agonist and lipolysis stimulator, are underway-with promising preliminary results as well. ©2015 Frontline Medical Communications.

  4. Principles of subcutaneous port placement. (United States)

    Gonda, Shaun J; Li, Ruizong


    The introduction of totally implantable subcutaneous devices in the early 1980s provided patients with secure, reliable venous access and also gave them the ability to move more freely and have a more normal lifestyle with these devices in place. The most common totally implantable device used today is the subcutaneous port. These ports consist of an injection port connected to a catheter. Ports provide a number of advantages compared with other venous catheters; the most important is the reduced risk of infection. These devices have significantly lower rates of infection than nontunneled and tunneled catheters. Additional advantages include less frequent irrigation and minimal home care, and they are less prone to environmental or cutaneous contamination when not being accessed. This article will focus on the placement of these ports. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Preoperative C-reactive protein predicts the need for repeated intracerebral brain abscess drainage. (United States)

    Neidert, Marian C; Karlin, Kirill; Actor, Bertrand; Regli, Luca; Bozinov, Oliver; Burkhardt, Jan-Karl


    To determine predicting factors for repeated surgical drainage in patients with intracerebral brain abscesses. Patients operated between 01/2008 and 10/2013 with a single-burr-hole technique to drain an intracerebral brain abscess were included from our prospective database. Clinical and radiological characteristics were analyzed retrospectively and compared between patients requiring a single surgical abscess drainage (S group) vs. patients requiring multiple surgical abscess aspirations (M group). Thirty-five patients (mean age 42.6 years, 14 females) including 27 patients in the S group and 8 in the M group were included in this study. Age, gender, causing bacterial agent, surgical technique and abscess volume were comparable for both groups. Preoperative mean C-reactive protein (CRP) (13.9 mg/l vs. 56.1 mg/l, p=0.015) was significantly higher in the M group. Preoperative mean leukocyte count (12.3×10(9)/l vs. 8.9×10(9)/l, p=0.050) was borderline significantly higher in the M group. Although the origin in the overall population was cryptogenic in 43% of the cases, this was never the case in the patient population needing multiple surgeries. Patients with multiple intracerebral brain abscess aspirations showed significantly higher preoperative CRP values than patients who needed surgery only once. Patients with high CRP values at admission and obvious origin of infection might need closer radiographic as well as clinical and laboratory exams after surgery to earlier select patients, which need repeated surgery. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. [Recurrent brain abscess associated with congenital pulmonary arteriovenous fistula: a case report]. (United States)

    Shioya, Hitoshi; Kikuchi, Kenji; Suda, Yoshitaka; Shindo, Kenjiro; Hashimoto, Manabu


    We report a rare case of recurrent brain abscess associated with congenital pulmonary arteriovenous fistula. A 52-year-old man was admitted to our hospital in October, 1999 because of a sudden stroke-like onset of right hemiparesis, right hemiparesthesia, dysarthria and sensory aphasia. He had a history of previous brain abscess in the right cerebellar hemisphere. It had been removed in 1991. CT scan at the time of the current admission disclosed a low-density area in the left parietal region. The mass was ring-enhanced after injection of contrast medium. On MRI the mass lesion was depicted as low-intensity on T1-weighted image and high-intensity on T2-weighted image. The mass was ring-enhanced after administration of Gd-DTPA. In spite of conservative treatment the size of the abscess increased considerably with marked surrounding edema. The brain abscess was successfully treated with aspiration and drainage, and the residual mass was resected. The patient also had a history of arteriovenous fistula in the lower lobe of his right lung. This had been excised in 1965. However, he had no signs, symptoms or family histories of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (Rendu-Osler-Weber disease). Contrast enhanced CT scan of the chest showed nodular lesions connected to vascular shadows in the right lower lung field. Pulmonary angiograms also revealed multiple arteriovenous fistulas in the lower lobe of the right lung. He was not dyspneic or cyanotic, but his hypoxia, polycythemia, and recurrent brain abscess were thought to be caused by pulmonary arteriovenous fistula. The fistulas were embolized with coils via a percutaneous catheter. Pulmonary arteriovenous fistula should be treated aggressively either by surgery and/or by coil embolization in order to prevent the complication of brain abscess.

  7. Pyogenic liver abscess: a review of 10 years' experience in management. (United States)

    Barakate, M S; Stephen, M S; Waugh, R C; Gallagher, P J; Solomon, M J; Storey, D W; Sheldon, D M


    Over the past 15 years, diagnostic and interventional radiology techniques have allowed accurate localization of liver abscesses and image-guided percutaneous drainage. This review examines whether these technical advances improve clinical results and discusses the selection of treatment for patients with liver abscesses. Ninety-eight patients were treated for pyogenic liver abscess (PLA) at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, between January 1987 and June 1997. The hospital records were examined and clinical presentation, laboratory, radiological and microbiological findings were recorded. Associations between these findings and failure of initial non-operative management were determined using odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals. Independent predictors were then determined by logistic regression. This analysis was repeated to determine factors associated with mortality. Cholelithiasis and previous hepatobiliary surgery were the most frequently identifiable causes of PLA, each responsible in 15 patients. All 98 patients were treated with intravenous antibiotics and in 13 patients this was the only therapy. Of the remaining 85 patients, six proceeded straight to laparotomy and 79 had percutaneous drainage, of whom 15 required subsequent laparotomy. Factors predicting failure of initial non-operative management were unresolving jaundice, renal impairment secondary to clinical deterioration, multiloculation of the abscess, rupture on presentation and biliary communication. The overall hospital mortality rate was 8%. Pyogenic liver abscess remains a disease with significant mortality. Image-guided percutaneous drainage is appropriate treatment for single unilocular PLA. Surgical drainage is more likely to be required in patients who have abscess rupture, incomplete percutaneous drainage or who have uncorrected primary pathology.

  8. Subcutaneous emphysema during status astmaticus

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    Spontaneous subcutaneous accumulations of air in the soft parts of the thorax during an asthmatic crisis (status asthmaticus) are rarely seen. The pathomechanism of the phenomenon, which may lead to the formation of an emphysema of the soft parts via the pneumomediastinum, is discussed, and the possible complications which must be taken into account are pointed out. The value of radiological examination of the thorax in children suffering from asthma bronchiale, is explained briefly. (orig.).

  9. Epidural, paraspinal, and subcutaneous lipomatosis

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    Sener, R. Nuri [Department of Radiology, Ege University Hospital, Bornova, Izmir (Turkey)


    A unique case of idiopathic diffuse lipomatosis is reported. The patient was an 11-year-old boy with diffuse lipomatosis in the epidural space, paraspinal muscles, and thoracolumbar subcutaneous regions. Epidural lipomatosis involved the entire thoracolumbar spine and was associated with filar thickening and lipoma. In addition, paraspinal muscles, especially the erector spinae group, had diffuse fatty infiltration. The ultimate clinical effect of this fatty tissue was urinary dysfunction, radicular pain and hypoesthesia in both legs and difficulty walking. (orig.)

  10. Treatments for breast abscesses in breastfeeding women. (United States)

    Irusen, Hayley; Rohwer, Anke C; Steyn, D Wilhelm; Young, Taryn


    The benefits of breastfeeding are well known, and the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continuing breastfeeding to age two. However, many women stop breastfeeding due to lactational breast abscesses. A breast abscess is a localised accumulation of infected fluid in breast tissue. Abscesses are commonly treated with antibiotics, incision and drainage (I&D) or ultrasound-guided needle aspiration, but there is no consensus on the optimal treatment. To assess the effects of different treatments for the management of breast abscesses in breastfeeding women. We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trial Register (27 February 2015). In addition we searched African Journals Online (27 February 2015), Google Scholar (27 February 2015), ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Databases (27 February 2015) and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) search portal (27 February 2015). We also checked reference lists of retrieved studies and contacted experts in the field as well as relevant pharmaceutical companies. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) investigating any intervention for treating lactational breast abscesses compared with any other intervention. Studies published in abstract form, quasi-RCTs and cluster-RCTs were not eligible for inclusion. Two review authors independently assessed studies for inclusion, assessed risk of bias and extracted data. Data were checked for accuracy. We included six studies. Overall, trials had an unclear risk of bias for most domains due to poor reporting. Two studies did not stratify data for lactational and non-lactational breast abscesses, and these studies do not contribute to the results. This review is based on data from four studies involving 325 women. Needle aspiration (with and without ultrasound guidance) versus incision and drainage (I&D) Mean time (days) to complete resolution of breast abscess (three studies) - there was

  11. Abdominal Wall Abscess due to Acute Perforated Sigmoid Diverticulitis: A Case Report with MDCT and US Findings

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    Rafailidis Vasileios


    Full Text Available Perforation of the inflamed diverticula is a common diverticulitis complication. It usually leads to the formation of a local abscess. In some rare cases, the inflammatory process may spread towards extra-abdominal sites like the anterior or posterior abdominal wall or the thigh and form an abscess in these sites. We present the case of a 73-year-old man with a history of pain at the lower left quadrant of the abdomen for 20 days and a visible mass in this site. Ultrasonography and computed tomography revealed this mass to be an abscess of the abdominal wall which had been formed by the spread of ruptured sigmoid diverticulitis by continuity of tissue through the lower left abdominal wall. Local drainage of the abscess was performed and the patient was discharged after alleviation of symptoms and an uneventful course. We also discuss causes of abdominal wall abscesses along with the possible pathways by which an intra-abdominal abscess could spread outside the abdominal cavity.

  12. Microbiological Spectrum of Brain Abscess at a Tertiary Care Hospital in South India: 24-Year Data and Review

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    Full Text Available Intracranial abscesses are life-threatening infections that pose a diagnostic challenge not only to the neurosurgeon but also to the microbiologists. Detailed studies documenting the spectrum of infecting agents involved in brain abscesses are limited from India. Materials and Methods. This is a retrospective analysis of 352 samples from 1987 to 2010 analyzed at a tertiary care hospital in South India from 1987 to 2010, to document the changing trends with time. Results. The age of the patients ranged from 2 to 80 years, a larger number of males being affected. Otogenic infections were the most common cause while cryptogenic abscesses were 20%. Gram stain and culture positivity were 78% each. Gram-positive and negative facultative aerobes and obligate anaerobes were also on the rise. Unusual organisms, like Burkholderia pseudomallei, Salmonella typhi, Nocardia species, Cladosporium bantiana, Fonsecaea pedrosoi, Entamoeba histolytica, and Acanthamoeba were also isolated and/or detected from the brain abscesses aspirate or resected tissue. Summary. New and emerging pathogens associated with brain abscess, especially in immunosuppressed individuals, have renewed the necessity of an early detection, and it will be of great value in appropriate management of patients with brain abscess.

  13. Abscess formation and alpha-hemolysin induced toxicity in a mouse model of Staphylococcus aureus peritoneal infection. (United States)

    Rauch, Sabine; DeDent, Andrea C; Kim, Hwan Keun; Bubeck Wardenburg, Juliane; Missiakas, Dominique M; Schneewind, Olaf


    Staphylococcus aureus is a frequent cause of skin infection and sepsis in humans. Preclinical vaccine studies with S. aureus have used a mouse model with intraperitoneal challenge and survival determination as a measure for efficacy. To appreciate the selection of protective antigens in this model, we sought to characterize the pathological attributes of S. aureus infection in the peritoneal cavity. Testing C57BL/6J and BALB/c mice, >10(9) CFU of S. aureus Newman were needed to produce a lethal outcome in 90% of animals infected via intraperitoneal injection. Both necropsy and histopathology revealed the presence of intraperitoneal abscesses in the vicinity of inoculation sites. Abscesses were comprised of fibrin as well as collagen deposits and immune cells with staphylococci replicating at the center of these lesions. Animals that succumbed to challenge harbored staphylococci in abscess lesions and in blood. The establishment of lethal infections, but not the development of intraperitoneal abscesses, was dependent on S. aureus expression of alpha-hemolysin (Hla). Active immunization with nontoxigenic Hla(H35L) or passive immunization with neutralizing monoclonal antibodies protected mice against early lethal events associated with intraperitoneal S. aureus infection but did not affect the establishment of abscess lesions. These results characterize a mouse model for the study of intraperitoneal abscess formation by S. aureus, a disease that occurs frequently in humans undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis for end-stage renal disease.

  14. Modulation of amoebic hepatic abscess by the parasympathetic system. (United States)

    Muñoz-Ortega, M; Quintanar-Stephano, A; García Lorenzana, M; Campos-Esparza, M R; Silva-Briano, M; Adabache-Ortíz, A; Campos-Rodríguez, R; Rodríguez, M G; Ventura-Juárez, J


    The neuro-immune network, in which the vagus nerve is involved, provides feedback between its afferent branches for signalling central nervous system from sites of injury through cytokines and its efferent branches, which release acetylcholine, an anti-inflammatory neurotransmitter. For gain insight into the parasympathetic mechanisms participating in the inflammatory response in the liver, we studied the effects of a vagotomy on the innate immune response in hamsters with amoebic liver abscess. At 7 days post-infection, compared to the control, liver parasympathectomy resulted in a larger abscess size, a greater production of collagen fibres, fewer trophozoites, increased serum levels of IL-10 and IFN-γ and increased numbers of IL-10 and IFN-γ-positive cells in situ, with no change in the number of macrophages and NK cells. Data indicate that the vagotomy disrupted the inflammatory response, causing an increase in the response against infection, then could favour the innervation of the liver by the sympathetic nervous system and would then take the control of the immune response by stimulating the conversion of macrophages to epithelioid cells; and through increased IL-10 production would induce the hepatic stellar cells to become myofibroblast collagen producer cells, thus forming a barrier of collagen and blocking trophozoite migration. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  15. Gas-Forming Pyogenic Liver Abscess with Septic Shock

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    Muhammad S. Khan


    Full Text Available The pyogenic liver abscess caused by Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens is a rare but rapidly fatal infection. The main virulence factor of this pathogen is its α-toxin (lecithinase, which decomposes the phospholipid in cell membranes leading to cell lysis. Once the bacteria are in blood stream, massive intravascular hemolysis occurs. This can present as anemia on admission with evidence of hemolysis as indicated by low serum haptoglobin, high serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, elevated indirect bilirubin, and spherocytosis. The clinical course of C. perfringens septicemia is marked by rapidly deteriorating course with a mortality rate ranging from 70 to 100%. The very rapid clinical course makes it difficult to diagnose on time, and most cases are diagnosed at autopsy. Therefore it is important to consider C. perfringens infection in any severely ill patient with fever and evidence of hemolysis. We present a case of seventy-seven-year-old male with septic shock secondary to pyogenic liver abscess with a brief review of existing literature on C. perfringens.

  16. Peritonsillar abscess: clinical aspects of microbiology, risk factors, and the association with parapharyngeal abscess. (United States)

    Klug, Tejs Ehlers


    PTA is a collection of pus located between the tonsillar capsule and the pharyngeal constrictor muscle. It is considered a complication of acute tonsillitis and is the most prevalent deep neck infection (approximately 2000 cases annually in Denmark) and cause of acute admission to Danish ENT departments. Teenagers and young adults are most commonly affected and males may predominate over females. However, no studies of age- and gender-stratified incidence rates have previously been published. Furthermore, smoking may be associated with increased risk of peritonsillar abscess (PTA) development, although the magnitude of the association has not been estimated. Complications are relatively rare. They include parapharyngeal abscess (PPA), upper airway obstruction, Lemierre´s syndrome, necrotizing fasciitis, mediastinitis, erosion of the internal carotid artery, brain abscess, and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. The treatment consists of abscess drainage and antimicrobial therapy. There are three accepted methods of surgical intervension: needle aspiration, incision and drainage (ID), and acute tonsillectomy (á chaud). Internationally, there is a strong trend towards less invasive surgical approach to PTA treatment with avoidance of acute tonsillectomy, needle aspiration instead of ID, and in some cases even antibiotic treatment without surgical drainage. The preferred antibiotic regimen varies greatly between countries and centers. Group A streptococcus (GAS) is the only established pathogen in PTA. However, GAS is only recovered from approximately 20% of PTA patients. The pathogens in the remaining 80% are unknown. Culturing of PTA pus aspirates often yields a polymicrobial mixture of aerobes and anaerobes. As the tonsils of healthy individuals are already heavily and diversely colonized, the identification of significant pathogens is challenging. In addition, when studying PTA microbiology, one must consider diagnostic precision, collection, handling, and

  17. Paragonimiasis in the Abdominal Cavity and Subcutaneous Tissue: Report of 3 Cases


    Lee, Chang Ho; Kim, Jong Hun; Moon, Woo Sung; Lee, Min Ro


    Paragonimiasis is a parasitic disease caused by the lung fluke, Paragonimus spp. Lung flukes may be found in various organs, such as the brain, peritoneum, subcutaneous tissues, and retroperitoneum, other than the lungs. Abdominal paragonimiasis raises a considerable diagnostic challenge to clinicians, because it is uncommon and may be confused with other abdominopelvic inflammatory diseases, particularly peritoneal tuberculosis, and peritoneal carcinomatosis. Also, subcutaneous paragonimiasi...

  18. Intranasal Drainage for Pediatric Nasal Abscesses. (United States)

    Cheng, Jeffrey; Smith, Lee P


    Nasal abscesses of the tip or soft tissues are uncommon in children. We describe an endonasal surgical approach for nasal abscesses based on our experience with 3 children at our tertiary care, academic children's hospital. All presented with significant nasal pain out of proportion to the physical examination findings, along with edema, induration, and some intermittent bleeding and discharge of sebaceous and/or keratinous debris. Parenteral antibiotics were administered for an initial period of at least 24 hours in all cases, without any significant improvement in the patients' symptoms. Computed tomography (CT) with intravenous contrast was diagnostic in all cases. Symptomatic relief was achieved immediately postoperatively. No child required a second drainage procedure, and all children had an uneventful recovery. © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2014.

  19. Munchausen syndrome revealed by subcutaneous limb emphysema: a case report. (United States)

    Koufagued, Kaldadak; Chafry, Bouchaib; Benyass, Youssef; Abissegue, Yves; Benchebba, Driss; Bouabid, Salim; Belkacem, Chagar


    Limb subcutaneous emphysema secondary to a Munchausen syndrome represents a rare and severe entity because it involves the functional prognosis of the limb and vital prognosis of the patient. We report the case of an 18-year-old Moroccan woman patient who presented to our hospital with a subcutaneous emphysema of the shoulder girdle and the right arm, caused by our patient. Treatment was aggressive, with a wide surgical debridement, parenteral antibiotic therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The results have been favorable. The correlation of anamnestic data and clinical and para-clinical exams were essential for the diagnosis of Munchausen syndrome in this case. In this regard, we report a rare case of subcutaneous limb emphysema secondary to Munchausen syndrome.

  20. Supramicrosurgical lymphatic-venous anastomosis for postsurgical subcutaneous lymphocele treatment. (United States)

    Gentileschi, Stefano; Servillo, Maria; Salgarello, Marzia


    Postsurgical subcutaneous lymphocele is caused by accidental lesion of a lymphatic vessel that keeps on flowing lymph under the scar. Traditional treatments include aspiration and compression, with probable recurrence, and sclerotherapy which destroys both lymphatic cyst and vessel, creating risk of lymphedema. We describe the case of a postsurgical subcutaneous lymphocele of the left leg that was treated by supramicrosurgical lympatic-venous anastomosis. A single anastomosis was performed end-to-end, between one lymphatic vessel, individuated through indocyanine green lymphography, and one subcutaneous vein, distally to the lymphocele, under sedation and local anesthesia. Postoperative course was uneventful; the lymphocele completely resolved and never recurred during the nine months followup. This technique may heal the lymphocele with no impairing of lymph drainage function. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Trichomonas vaginalis brain abscess in a neonate. (United States)

    Hamilton, Hunter; Pontiff, Kristen L; Bolton, Michael; Bradbury, Richard S; Mathison, Blaine A; Bishop, Henry; de Almeida, Marcos; Ogden, Beverly W; Barnett, Evan; Rastanis, Donna; Klar, Angelle L; Uzodi, Adaora


    We describe a case of cerebral trichomoniasis in a neonate who developed seizures and multi-organ failure during treatment for staphylococcal sepsis. Brain abscesses were identified on cranial sonography. Trichomonas vaginalis was isolated from cerebrospinal fluid. There was a fatal outcome despite metronidazole therapy. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, e-mail:

  2. A Preterm Birth Caused By Postoperative Peritonitis and Peritoneal Abscess

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    Sukru Yildiz


    Full Text Available Appendicitis is the most common condition leading to an intraabdominal operation for a non obstetric problem in pregnancy and diagnosis of appendicitis is complicated by the physiologic and anatomic changes that occur during pregnancy. Although a surgical procedure carries the risk of fetal loss or preterm delivery, delay in diagnosis also increases the risk of complications in both mother and fetus. The following case illustrates our experience and to analyze clinical characteristic and the pregnancy outcome of appendicitis during the third trimester of pregnancy. [Cukurova Med J 2013; 38(4.000: 751-753

  3. Sepsis, meningitis and cerebral abscesses caused by Citrobacter koseri


    Marecos, C; Ferreira, M.; Ferreira, MM; Barroso, R.


    After a 36-week diamniotic dichorionic gestation, an infant was delivered by elective caesarean section due to growth restriction and altered diastolic flow in the umbilical artery. Birth weight was 2140 g. The patient was admitted for exclusive parenteral nutrition, with umbilical venous catheter placement. Sinus tachycardia and temperature instability with positive inflammatory markers occurred at 51 h. Penicillin and gentamicin were started, but 6 h later septic shock with disseminated int...

  4. Capnocytophaga canimorsus endocarditis with root abscess in a patient with a bicuspid aortic valve

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    Michèle Hamon


    Full Text Available Infective endocarditis caused by a zoonotic micro organism is a rare clinical condition. Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a commensal bacterium living in the saliva of dogs and cats which produces rarely reported endocarditis whose incidence may be underestimated, considering its failure to grow on standard media. We reported the case of a 65-year-old man with bicuspid aortic valve endocarditis and multiple abscesses of the aortic wall caused by the canine bacteria C. canimorsus.

  5. Tuberculous brain abscess-Case report

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    Veenu Gupta


    Full Text Available In spite of recent advances in understanding of disease, tuberculosis still remains a major health problem, particularly in developing countries. Central nervous system tuberculosis may present as commonly encountered tuberculous meningitis or tuberculous mass lesions and rare tuberculous brain abscess (TBA. We report a case of tuberculous brain abscess in a patient of chronic liver disease with pulmonary hypertension and HCV infection. A 48 years old male presented with headache and abnormal behavior. There was no history of fever, vomiting, loss of consciousness, seizures, trauma and loss of weight and appetite. On examination patient was conscious but confused. No sensory- motor deficit was revealed on neurological examination. Chest x ray showed no abnormality. Mantoux test was positive. Magnetic resonance imaging of brain showed large , well defined marginally enhancing focal mass lesion in left frontal lobe. Evacuation of brain abscess done and frank creamy pus was aspirated and was sent for gram staining, Ziehl Neelsen staining, fungal smear and culture for both pyogenic and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Gram staining revealed no microorganisms. No growth of pyogenic organisms obtained. No fungal hypha was seen. Ziehl Neelsen staining was positive for acid fast bacilli and growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was obtained. Patient was put on anti tubercular treatment. Patient responded well and discharged in satisfactory condition.

  6. Subcutaneous Leiomyosarcoma of the Frenulum

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    D. Mendis


    Full Text Available Leiomyosarcomas of the penis are rare, with only 29 reported cases to date. We record the case of a patient who presented with a 2-year history of a seemingly indolent penile skin lesion. On histopathology of the local resection, a diagnosis of subcutaneous leiomyosarcoma was made. Specifically, leiomyosarcoma of the penile frenulum has not been clearly reported previously. The patient underwent a further excision to ensure an adequate resection margin and has had no disease recurrence at subsequent follow-up. Our case was of a lesion that, although clinically benign, was malignant and this possibility should be borne in mind when assessing patients.

  7. Obturator Internus Abscess with Ipsilateral Septic Hip Arthritis. (United States)

    Park, Sang Hyun; Kim, Joo Yong; Kong, Gyu Min; Roh, Sang Myung


    Obturator internus muscle (OIM) abscess is an uncommon condition often mistaken for bacterial infection of the hip joint. If the OIM abscess is accompanied by a septic hip, it becomes more difficult to make a diagnosis. Surgical drainage of OIM abscess is difficult because it is located at a deep part of the pelvic cavity. Therefore, intravenous antibiotic therapy or image-guided aspiration were used as a treatment method instead of surgical drainage. When drainage of the abscess was inadequate, prolonged antibiotic treatment was necessary. Here, we report a 12-year boy with abscess in the OIM and ipsilateral pyogenic arthritis of the hip which was accompanied by acute osteomyelitis of the triradiate cartilage of the acetabulum. The patient was successfully treated by surgical drainage of the abscess using the Stoppa approach and arthroscopic irrigation of the hip joint. Staphylococcus aureuswas the causative organism which was sensitive to oxacillin.

  8. [Staphylococcus aureus prostatic abscess and subdural empyema: a case report]. (United States)

    Cabrera Meirás, F; Sanchís Bonet, A; Blanco Carballo, O; Martín Parada, A; Duque Ruiz, G; Leiva Galvis, O


    To report one case of prostatic abscess and subdural empyema by Staphylococcus aureus. We describe the case of a 51 year old male patient who was diagnosed of prostatic abscess and subdural empyema by Staphilococcus aureus. We use clinical presentation and physical exploration based on rectal digital examination, as diagnostic approach method. And computerized axial tomography and transrectal ultrasonography, which allows the guided needle drainage of the abscess, as diagnostic confirmation methods. The clinical picture resolved with the transrectal ultrasonography guided needle aspiration of the abscess and conservative treatment with antibiotics and urinary diversion. Prostatic abscess is an uncommon entity nowadays. Provided the great variety of symptoms, a great degree of clinical suspicion is needed for the diagnosis, and once it is got it, immediate aggressive treatment must be initiated. Transrectal ultrasonography allows not only the diagnosis, but also the drainage of the abscess. The culture of the obtained material identifies the etiological agent and the most specific antibiotic therapy.

  9. Presternal subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst in adolescence (United States)

    Moon, Sung Mo; Lee, Sang Min; Kang, Haeyoun; Choi, Hye Jeong


    Abstract Subcutaneous bronchogenic cysts have been described rarely, particularly among adolescents. Only a few reports have described the ultrasonographic features of bronchogenic cysts, characterizing them as nonspecific cystic masses with or without internal echogenic foci or debris. Therefore, it is hard to differentiate subcutaneous bronchogenic cysts from other subcutaneous cystic tumors ultrasonographically. We report a case of presternal subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst in an 18-year-old man with unusual ultrasonographic findings. Ultrasonography revealed a small, oval, cystic mass containing a well-circumscribed, heterogeneously hypoechoic, egg-shaped lesion in the dependent portion of the mass within the subcutaneous fat layer overlying the sternum. Surgical excision was performed, and the cystic mass was diagnosed as a bronchogenic cyst. On pathological examination, the internal, heterogeneously hypoechoic, ball-like lesion was found to be mucous material within the cyst. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a presternal subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst presenting with a ball-like lesion inside of the cyst. This unusual ultrasonographic feature can be a clue to the diagnosis of subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst. In conclusion, if an anechoic cyst containing an internal, well-circumscribed, hypoechoic ball-like lesion is seen in the presternal subcutaneous fat layer, subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst should be considered in the differential diagnosis of subcutaneous cystic masses. PMID:28151916

  10. Development of Pelvic Abscess Following Water-Skiing Injury


    Pearlman, Mark D.; Lauren Zoschnick


    Several descriptions of hydrostatic injuries while water-skilng have been described, including lacerations of the perineum, vagina, and cervix. Salpingitis or pelvic abscess resulting from water-skiing injuries are rare but important complications. A case of a pelvic abscess following a fall while water-skiing is described. The abscess was drained laparoscopically, resulting in a good clinical outcome. The mechanism of injury and recommendations for prevention are also presented. Upper genita...

  11. Cladophialophora bantiana brain abscess masquerading cerebral tuberculoma in an immunocompetent host

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    Agrawal Amit


    Full Text Available Phaeohyphomycosis is a term that collectively describes fungal infections caused by moulds and yeasts that have brown-pigmented cell walls (due to the presence of melanin. We report a case of 45 year female who had multiple coalescing lesions in the right basal ganglionic and thalamic region. Based on the imaging and investigation findings a diagnosis of cerebral tuberculoma was suspected. Histopathology of the excised specimen showed brown colored fungal hyphae surrounded by neutrophilic infiltrate. A diagnosis of phaeohyphomycosis caused by Cladophialophora bantiana was made and accordingly antifungal treatment was started. Brain abscess caused by Cladophialophora bantiana in an immunocompetent host is relatively uncommon and usually associated with overall high mortality. The best outcomes have been reported in patients who receive both surgical excision of the abscess followed by systemic antifungal therapy. In view of its rarity of these lesions preoperative diagnosis is difficult particularly in an immunocompetent host and absence of other risk factors.

  12. Lung abscess due to Streptococcus pneumoniae simulating pulmonary tuberculosis: presentation of two cases

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    Full Text Available In the past, anaerobes were the most common cause of community-acquired lung abscess; Streptococcus species were the second most common cause. In recent years, this has changed. Klebsiella pneumoniae is now most common cause of community- acquired lung abscess, although Streptococcus species remain pathogen of major importance. We present two cases of pulmonary cavitation due to Streptococcus pneumoniae which resembled pulmonary tuberculosis with regards to their history and radiological findings. These are examples of a common diagnosis presenting in an uncommon way. Our cases had some peculiarities: they had a clinical picture strongly suggestive of pulmonary tuberculosis or lung cancer rather than necrotizing infectious pneumonia in patients with no comorbidities or underlying diseases (including oral or dental pathologies. Radiological findings did not help the clinicians: pulmonary tuberculosis was the first diagnostic hypothesis in both cases. An underlying lung cancer was excluded in the first case only after invasive pulmonary procedures.

  13. Thoracic osteomyelitis and epidural abscess formation due to cat scratch disease: case report. (United States)

    Dornbos, David; Morin, Jocelyn; Watson, Joshua R; Pindrik, Jonathan


    Osteomyelitis of the spine with associated spinal epidural abscess represents an uncommon entity in the pediatric population, requiring prompt evaluation and diagnosis to prevent neurological compromise. Cat scratch disease, caused by the pathogen Bartonella henselae, encompasses a wide spectrum of clinical presentations; however, an association with osteomyelitis and epidural abscess has been reported in only 4 other instances in the literature. The authors report a rare case of multifocal thoracic osteomyelitis with an epidural abscess in a patient with a biopsy-proven pathogen of cat scratch disease. A 5-year-old girl, who initially presented with vague constitutional symptoms, was diagnosed with cat scratch disease following biopsy of an inguinal lymph node. Despite appropriate antibiotics, she presented several weeks later with recurrent symptoms and back pain. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed 2 foci of osteomyelitis at T-8 and T-11 with an associated anterior epidural abscess from T-9 to T-12. Percutaneous image-guided vertebral biopsy revealed B. henselae by polymerase chain reaction analysis, and she was treated conservatively with doxycycline and rifampin with favorable clinical outcome.

  14. Transorbital Craniocerebral Occult Penetrating Injury with Cerebral Abscess Complication

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    Arif Abdulbaki


    Full Text Available Transorbital intracranial penetrating injury is an uncommon mechanism of head injury. These injuries can be occult during the initial clinical presentation. Certain patients develop an intracranial cerebral infection. Herein, we report a 5-year-old child with an occult transorbital intracranial penetrating injury caused by a pen. A retained pen tip was found at the superior orbital roof and was not noticed at initial presentation. This was complicated by a right frontal lobe cerebral abscess. This paper emphasizes the importance of orbitocranial imaging in any penetrating orbital injury. A review of the literature on intracranial infection locations in relation to the route and mechanism of injury is included to complement this report.

  15. Cervical spondylitis and spinal abscess due to Actinomyces meyeri. (United States)

    Duvignaud, Alexandre; Ribeiro, Emmanuel; Moynet, Daniel; Longy-Boursier, Maïté; Malvy, Denis


    Human actinomycosis with involvement of the spine is a rare condition although it has been first described a long time ago. It is probably underrecognized since its clinical presentation is often misleading and accurate bacteriological diagnosis is challenging. We herein report a rare case of cervical actinomycosis with paravertebral abscess and spondylitis imputed to an infection by Actinomyces meyeri in a 52-year-old immunocompetent Caucasian man. A. meyeri should be considered as a potential cause for subacute or chronic spondylitis, even in immunocompetent subjects. Modern diagnostic tools such as Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization Time of Flight mass spectrometry and 16S rRNA sequencing are efficient for accurate microbiological identification. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  16. Cervical spondylitis and spinal abscess due to Actinomyces meyeri

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    Full Text Available Human actinomycosis with involvement of the spine is a rare condition although it has been first described a long time ago. It is probably underrecognized since its clinical presentation is often misleading and accurate bacteriological diagnosis is challenging. We herein report a rare case of cervical actinomycosis with paravertebral abscess and spondylitis imputed to an infection by Actinomyces meyeri in a 52-year-old immunocompetent Caucasian man. A. meyeri should be considered as a potential cause for subacute or chronic spondylitis, even in immunocompetent subjects. Modern diagnostic tools such as Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption–Ionization Time of Flight mass spectrometry and 16S rRNA sequencing are efficient for accurate microbiological identification.

  17. Right adrenal abscess -- an unusual complication of acute apendicitis. (United States)

    Dimofte, Gabriel; Dubei, Liviu; Lozneanu, Lili-Gabriela; Ursulescu, Corina; Grigora Scedil, Mihai


    Acute appendicitis represents one of the most frequent abdominal emergencies encountered in everyday surgical practice. Local infectious complications are not unusual and retroperitoneal abscesses after acute retrocaecal appendicitis have been previously described. The authors present the case of a 22-years-young female patient, admitted for a right iliac fossa abscess, secondary to gangrenous appendicitis. A right adrenal mass 35/40 mm was revealed during preoperative ultrasound evaluation, which evolved in an adrenal abscess that spontaneously drained 10 days after appendectomy and retrocecal drainage. Adrenal abscesses are exceptionally rare, with only a few cases being reported in the literature, but none of these after acute appendicitis.

  18. CT-guided percutaneous treatment of solitary pyogenic splenic abscesses

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    Pombo, F. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital Juan Canalejo, La Coruna (Spain); Suarez, I. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital Juan Canalejo, La Coruna (Spain); Marini, M. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital Juan Canalejo, La Coruna (Spain); Arrojo, L. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital Juan Canalejo, La Coruna (Spain); Echaniz, A. [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Hospital Juan Canalejo, La Coruna (Spain)


    Six patients with solitary pyogenic splenic abscesses treated by CT-guided percutaneous drainage (by catheter or needle), are presented. There were 3 unilocular, purely intrasplenic abscesses and 3 complex lesions with loculations and perisplenic involvement. Percutaneous drainage and intravenous antibiotics were curative in 4 patients. In the other 2, who had multiloculated abscesses, despite initially successful drainage, splenectomy was performed because of intractable left upper quadrant pain in one case and persistent fever and drainage of pus after 30 days in the other. These patients also developed large, sterile left pleural effusions. Solitary pyogenic splenic abscesses - particularly if uniloculated - can be effectively treated by CT-guided percutaneous drainage. (orig.)

  19. [Subcutaneous teicoplanin for children with infectious endocarditis]. (United States)

    Carpentier, E; Roméo, B; El Samad, Y; Geslin-Lichtenberger, L; Maingourd, Y; Tourneux, P


    Infectious endocarditis in children requires prolonged antibiotic therapy. In adults, antibiotics administrated subcutaneously such as teicoplanin are an alternative to intravenous treatment. We report the use of subcutaneous teicoplanin, after an initial antibiotic treatment administrated intravenously, for 2 children treated for infectious endocarditis following an initial cardiac surgery. Serum concentrations of teicoplanin were within the target range after the adaptation in the teicoplanin subcutaneous dosages. The treatment was effective for both cases. No specific side effects related to the treatment were reported. Subcutaneous administration could be used for prolonged antibiotic therapy for the treatment of infectious endocarditis in children, after an initial intravenous treatment. Variability of the bioavailability of antibiotics administrated subcutaneously requires regular testing. Prospective, randomized trials comparing intravenous and subcutaneous administration of teicoplanin should be conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of this treatment. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Subcutaneous Emphysema—Beyond the Pneumoperitoneum


    Ott, Douglas E.


    Background: Subcutaneous emphysema and gas extravasation outside of the peritoneal cavity during laparoscopy has consequences. Knowledge of the circumstances that increase the potential for subcutaneous emphysema is necessary for safe laparoscopy. Methods: A literature review and a PubMed search are the basis for this review. Conclusions: The known risk factors leading to subcutaneous emphysema during laparoscopy are multiple attempts at abdominal entry, improper cannula placement, loose fitt...

  1. MR imaging findings of lower extremity sepsis caused by vibro vulnificus: A report of three cases

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    Kim, Jihyun; Koh, Sung Hye; Min, Soo Kee; Lee, Jeong A; Lee, Kwan Seop [Hallym University College of Medicine, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Anyang (Korea, Republic of)


    Lower extremity infection caused by Vibrio vulnificus sepsis is a rapidly progressing fatal condition. Prompt diagnosis followed by early and aggressive treatment with antibiotics and fasciotomy is crucial. In this report, we described lower extremity magnetic resonance (MR) images of three patients with Vibrio vulnificus sepsis. In our cases, MR imaging of lower extremity with Vibrio vulnificus sepsis showed three common findings. First, the MR signal abnormalities appeared simultaneously in all layers, including skin, subcutaneous fat, muscles, and deep fasciae. Second, the inflammation showed symmetry on both legs. Third, none of our cases was accompanied by abscess formation. These imaging features may represent rapid progression of Vibrio vulnificus sepsis and could be helpful for accurate diagnosis, and prompt and aggressive treatment.

  2. MRT diagnosis of intra- and paraspinal abscesses; Kernspintomographische Diagnostik intra- und paraspinaler Abszesse

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    Lanfermann, H. [Inst. und Poliklinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Univ. Koeln (Germany); Heindel, W. [Inst. und Poliklinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Univ. Koeln (Germany); Gierenz, M. [Inst. und Poliklinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Univ. Koeln (Germany); Haupt, W.F. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Neurologie, Univ. Koeln (Germany); Hildebrandt, G. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Neurochirurgie, Univ. Koeln (Germany); Lackner, K. [Inst. und Poliklinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Univ. Koeln (Germany)


    Analysis of the MRT signals and their extent from intra- and paraspinal abscesses with reference to predisposing factors, their causes and localisation. The histories and MRT findings in 34 Patients with intra- and paraspinal abscesses were evaluated retrospectively. Most of the patients (24/34) were older than 50 years. A second peak was below 30 years. 27/34 patients had some underlying disease which predisposed to infection, e.g., diabetes mellitus. The most common causal organisms were Staph. aureus (53%) and streptococci (15%). In 23/34 cases (68%), the abscesses were in the thoraco-lumbar or lumbar region, while only 6/34 occurred in the upper two-thirds of the thoracic spine and only 5/34 in the cervical region. In only 8/34 was the abscess confined to two vertebral lengths; in the remaining patients it was much more extensive. Intraspinal abscesses were about twice as large as the vertebral components and 1.5 times greater than paravertebral abscesses. The age of the abscesses could be estimated approximately from the signals. Contrast enhanced MRT permits detailed analysis of the compartments and exact estimation of the extent of the lesions and permits accurate monitoring of treatment. (orig.) [Deutsch] MR-tomographische Analyse des Signal- und Ausbreitungsverhaltens intra- und paraspinaler Abszesse unter Beruecksichtigung praedisponierender Faktoren, des Erregerspektrums und der Lokalisation. Die Krankengeschichten und MRT von 34 Patienten mit intra- und paraspinalen Abszessen wurden retrospektiv ausgewertet. Die Mehrzahl der Patienten (24/34) war aelter als 50 Jahre. Ein zweiter Altersgipfel lag bei unter 30 Jahren. 27/34 Patienten litten an Grunderkrankungen, die Infektionen beguenstigen, wie zum Beispiel Diabetes mellitus. Die haeufigsten Erreger waren Staphylococcus aureus (53%) und Streptokokken (15%). Die Abszesse waren in 23/34 Faellen (68%) im thorakolumbalen Uebergang und lumbal lokalisiert, waehrend die oberen zwei Drittel der BWS nur bei 6

  3. Unusual case of life threatening subcutaneous hemorrhage in a blunt trauma patient

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    Ashraf F. Hefny


    Conclusion: Bleeding into the subcutaneous plane in closed degloving injury can cause severe hypovolemic shock. It is important for the clinicians managing trauma patients to be aware this serious injury.

  4. Nocardia brasiliensis vertebral osteomyelitis and epidural abscess. (United States)

    Johnson, Philip; Ammar, Hussam


    Nocardia species exist in the environment as a saprophyte; it is found worldwide in soil and decaying plant matter. They often infect patients with underlying immune compromise, pulmonary disease or history of trauma or surgery. The diagnosis of nocardiosis can be easily missed as it mimics many other granulomatous and neoplastic disease. We report a 69-year-old man who presented with chronic back pain and paraparesis. He was found to have Nocardial brasiliensis vertebral osteomyelitis and epidural abscess. Laminectomy and epidural wash out was performed but with no neurological recovery. This is the second reported case of N brasiliensis vertebral osteomyelitis in the literature.

  5. Acute necrotizing pancreatitis with pancreatic abscess due to Prevotella species in a diabetic

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    Sonavane A


    Full Text Available Acute pancreatitis occasionally presents as pancreatic abscess with complications like pleural effusion and ascites. There are several pre-disposing factors, the most common being cholelithiaisis, alcohol abuse, infective causes, trauma, and metabolic causes such as diabetic ketoacidosis, while some cases are idiopathic. Here, we report a rare case of acute necrotizing pancreatitis in a 40-year-old male who presented with pain in the abdomen, ascites and left basal pleural effusion. A computerized tomography (CT scan showed findings suggestive of pancreatic necrosis, with abscess formation and free-fluid surrounding area. The aspirated pus sample was processed for Gram staining and culture, which yielded growth of Prevotella species in an anaerobic culture. Exploratory laparotomy was performed and intra-abdominal collection drained. Necrosectomy of the distal tail and body of the pancreas was performed. The patient was started on antibiotics and along with supportive treatment, responded well.

  6. Multiple brain abscesses in an infant: a case report | Mathews ...

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    She was treated with systemic antibiotics and aspiration of abscess in the frontal lobe, and made satisfactory recovery. At 4 years of age she developed status epilepticus and currently has left sided hemiparesis and focal seizures. Early diagnosis and prompt management of cerebral abscess may avoid the need for surgical ...

  7. Management of Acute Abscesses in Jos, Nigeria | Edino | Nigerian ...

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    Results: Majority of the patients, 196 (98%) were low-income earners. Identifiable associated medical conditions were diabetes mellitus, sickle cell anaemia, liver ... from acute abscesses in our environment. (Nig J Surg Res 2001;3:24-28) KEY WORDS: Abscess, AIDS, incision and drainage, low socio-economic status ...

  8. Periapical abscess of the maxillary teeth and its fistulizations: Multi ...

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    Sherif A. Shama


    Dec 14, 2012 ... Abstract Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the role of MDCT and the dedicated dental software in assessment ... 3-D and VR capabilities can detect the periapical dental abscess in a 3-D fashion, accurately define its location, size and ... periodontal ligaments and erosion of the bone. A focal abscess.

  9. MR findings in three pituitary abscesses. Case reports

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    Kashiwagi, N. [Kansai Rosai Hospital, Amagasaki-city Hyogo (Japan). Dept. of Radiology; Fujita, N.; Hirabuki, N.; Tanaka, H.; Nakamura, H. [Osaka Univ. Medical School (Japan). Dept. of Radiology; Sato, T. [Tonyonaka Municipal Hospital, Osaka (Japan). Dept. of Radiology; Sato, M. [Tonyonaka Municipal Hospital, Osaka (Japan). Dept. of Neurosurgery


    We present MR findings in 3 surgically proved cases of pituitary abscess. All lesions were seen as a sellar cystic mass with a thin rim of enhancement. In addition, the pituitary stalk was thickened in 2 cases in which central diabetes insipidus developed. These findings may be suggestive of pituitary abscess. (orig.)

  10. Brain abscess at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi | Mwang ...

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    Objective: To study the aetiology, mode of presentation and outcome following treatment of brain abscesses at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. Design: A retrospective study. Setting: Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. Subjects: Sixty five patients with brain abscesses who were seen at Kenyatta National Hospital ...

  11. Recurrent Bartholin's gland abscess in pregnancy: An uncommon ...

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    including chorioamnionitis, sternoclavicular septic arthritis and septicaemia, none of which developed in this patient.[8,9]. There is no documented evidence of the effects of Bartholin's abscess on pregnancy and vice‑versa. However, septicaemia is a well‑known complication of abscesses, which has the potential of inflicting ...

  12. Post abortal broad ligament. abscess: report of a case

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    infrequently with endotoxic shock, pelvic abscess, anaemia. cervical incompetence, chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Deaths from unsafe abortions are principally attributed to haemorrhage, anaemia, sepsis and renal failure. 7'8. Broad ligament abscess is rare. lntraligamentous haematoma is however ...

  13. Hepatogastric fistula: A rare complication of liver abscess

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    Shrihari Anikhindi


    Full Text Available Rupture of amebic liver abscess into stomach is a rare complication. We report a case of a young male presenting with haematemesis due to a rupture of left lobe amebic liver abscess into stomach. We discuss the diagnosis and management of this rare clinical entity.

  14. Breast Abscess Management and the Role of Post Incisional ...

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    The aim of the study was to describe the presentation and management of patients presenting with breast abscess at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Methods: We conducted a 7-year retrospective audit of all patients managed for breast abscesses at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Demographic data ...

  15. Tuberculous abdominal abscess in an HIV-infected man: neither ...

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    A 38-year-old man had a 1-week history of right lower quadrant abdominal pain; the initial impression was that he had diverticulitis of the ascending colon with an intra-abdominal abscess. Signs of peritonitis mandated an immediate right hemicolectomy. The unusual location of the abscess and the patient's unusual ...

  16. Iliopsoas abscess in adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (United States)

    Maines, Evelina; Franceschi, Roberto; Cauvin, Vittoria; d’Annunzio, Giuseppe; Pini Prato, Alessio; Castagnola, Elio; Di Palma, Annunziata


    Key Clinical Message Iliopsoas abscesses have been reported in adult diabetic patients, but only one case has been so far reported in the pediatric diabetic literature. We report three cases of iliopsoas abscesses in three adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus, suggesting that an increased awareness of this condition is required for its early recognition and prompt treatment. PMID:26273460

  17. Ultrasound-guided drainage of deep pelvic abscesses

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    Lorentzen, Torben; Nolsøe, Christian; Skjoldbye, Bjørn


    The aim of this study was to demonstrate and evaluate the ultrasound-guided drainage of deep pelvic abscesses in which transabdominal percutaneous access could not be performed because of overlying structures. A retrospective analysis of 32 consecutive patients with 33 deep pelvic abscesses was p...

  18. Pyogenic Liver Abscess Associated with Septic Pulmonary Embolism

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    Por-Wen Yang


    Conclusion: There is diagnostic value in performing a chest CT scan in diabetic patients who have liver abscess plus abnormal CXR findings with multiple ill-defined peripheral round densities, in order to detect SPE, which has a relatively poor outcome in patients with liver abscess.

  19. Crepe bandage in the management of soft tissue limb abscesses ...

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    The first group had daily wound dressing with packing of the abscess cavity while the second group had daily dressing of the stoma only with external crape bandaging of the abscess cavity. The wounds were inspected weekly for healing and complications. Analysis was done using SPSS 13.0. The level of significance was ...

  20. Splenic abscess in children: A report of three patients | Rattan ...

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    Splenic abscess is uncommon in paediatric age group. It usually occurs in conditions of disseminated infective focus. Conventional treatment of abscess is incision and drainage, although splenectomy or splenic conservation is alternative. In this report, we are presenting case summaries of three patients suffering from ...

  1. ORIGINAL ARTICLES Amoebic liver abscess - results of a ...

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    P L McGarr, T E Madiba, S R Thomson, P Corr. Objective. To evaluate the safety and efficacy of conservative management of amoebic liver abscesses. Design. A prospective study carried out over a 1-year period. Setting. Inpatients and outpatients in a tertiary referral institution. Subjects. Amoebic liver abscess was ...

  2. Brain abscess by citrobacter diversus in infancy: case report

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    Full Text Available Citrobacter diversus is closely related to brain abscess in newborn infants. We describe a case of brain abscess by this bacteria in a newborn infant and his clinical and cranial computed tomographic evaluation until the fourth month of life and discuss therapeutic management of this patient.

  3. A rare presentation of disseminated tuberculosis: Prostatic abscess. (United States)

    Verma, Ajay; Singh, Anubhuti; Kishore, Kislay; Kant, Surya


    Involvement of the prostate by tuberculosis (TB) occurs rarely and tuberculosis prostate abscess is an even rarer occurrence. It has been reported in immunocompromised patients, mainly human immunodeficiency virus seropositive individuals. We are reporting a case of tuberculosis prostatic abscess in an immunocompetent patient with relapse of TB. Copyright © 2016 Tuberculosis Association of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. tuberculous abdominal abscess in an hiv-infected man

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    Sep 1, 2010 ... muscle; it was suspected to be an abscess. There were also several small abscesses in the omentum, .... the United States, 1993-1998. JAMA 2000; 284: 2894-2900. 17. Reid A, Scano F, Getahun H, ... complaining of a 2-week history of fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, dysphagia and general malaise.

  5. Retroperitoneal abscesses in two western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). (United States)

    Hahn, Alicia; D'Agostino, Jennifer; Cole, Gretchen A; Raines, Jan


    This report describes two cases of retroperitoneal abscesses in female western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). Clinical symptoms included perivulvar discharge, lameness, hindlimb paresis, and general malaise. Retroperitoneal abscesses should be considered as part of a complete differential list in female gorillas with similar clinical signs.

  6. Penile Abscess: A Case Report and Review of Literature

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    Cindy Garcia


    Full Text Available A case of penile abscess after amphetamine injection into the penis is reported. A 45-year-old male patient was successfully treated with surgical drainage and antibiotics. There were no 3-month consequences of treatment at follow-up, and the patient maintained potency, without any penile deformity. The aetiology, diagnosis, and management of penile abscesses are discussed.

  7. Suture associated corneal abscess three years after cataract surgery ...

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    Abstract. We describe a case of corneal abscess presenting three years after uneventful cataract extraction with posterior chamber lens implantation through a limbal incision secured with threesutures placed in the clear cornea. After removing the abscess, a loose10/0 nylon suture was found at the base of an ulcer.

  8. Suture associated corneal abscess three years after cataract surgery ...

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    We describe a case of corneal abscess presenting three years after uneventful cataract extraction with posterior chamber lens implantation through a limbal incision secured with threesutures placed in the clear cornea. After removing the abscess, a loose10/0 nylon suture was found at the base of an ulcer. The suture was ...

  9. Clinical and ultrasonographic features of amoebic liver abscess In a ...

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    ... of the liver while 5 were on the left lobe. Entamoeba Histolytica were absent in the stool of 17 patients with amebic liver abscess. Conclusion: The triad of fever, hepatomegaly and jaundice remains the classical presentation of amoebic liver abscess.. Response to metronidazole monotherapy was quite clinical effective.

  10. Brain abscesses - the Groote Schuur experience, 1993 - 2003 ...

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    Brain abscesses - the Groote Schuur experience, 1993 - 2003. Kachinga Sichizya, Graham Fieggen, Allan Taylor, Jonathan Peter. Abstract. Objective: To review management and outcome of patients with brain abscess treated at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) between 1993 and 2003. Patients and methods: Case notes, ...

  11. A Study of Patients with Community Acquired Abscesses at ...

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    The majority of patients did not have a known predisposing factor, but 13% had a previous history of an abscess. A history of trauma was found in 27% of the patients, whereas diabetes mellitus history was obtained in only 6%. The most common site of the abscess was the upper limb (46%) followed by the lower limb (20%).

  12. Clinical efficacy of ampicillin in treatment of acute odontogenic abscess

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    Matijević Stevo


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Antibiotics choice and the duration of their application in the therapy of acute odontogenic abscess is considered to be controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical efficacy of ampicillin in treatment of acute odontogenic abscess and to assess the antimicrobial susceptibility of the isolated bacteria in early phase of abscess development. Methods. This study included 60 patients with acute odontogenic abscess who were surgically treated (extraction of teeth and/or abscess incision divided into two groups, ampicillin group and surgical group (without antibiotic treatment. Results. In the ampicillin group of patients treatment lasted on the average 4.67 days, while in the surgical group 6.17 days. A total of 78 bacterial strains were isolated from 60 patients. The most often bacteria were found to be Gram-positive facultative anaerobs (68/78. The most common bacteria isolated were Viridans streptococci (43/78. Susceptibility of isolated bacteria to ampicillin were 70.5%. Conclusion. Peroral use of ampicillin, after surgical treatment in an early phase of dentoalveolar abscess development, statistically significantly reduced the time of clinical symptoms of acute odontogenic abscess in comparison to surgical treatment only. The isolated bacterial strains in an early phase of dentoalveolar abscess development showed a high sensitivity to ampicillin.

  13. Frontal subcutaneous blood flow, and epi- and subcutaneous temperatures during scalp cooling in normal man

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    Bülow, J; Friberg, L; Gaardsting, O


    during cooling and rewarming and to measure the effect of scalp cooling on subcutaneous scalp blood flow, subcutaneous blood flow and epi- and subcutaneous temperatures were measured in the frontal region at the hairline border before and during cooling with a cooling helmet, during spontaneous rewarming...

  14. Subcutaneous Emphysema, Pneumomediastinum, Pneumoretroperitoneum, and Pneumoscrotum: Unusual Complications of Acute Perforated Diverticulitis

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    Full Text Available Pneumomediastinum, and subcutaneous emphysema usually result from spontaneous alveolar wall rupture and, far less commonly, from disruption of the upper airways or gastrointestinal tract. Subcutaneous neck emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and retropneumoperitoneum caused by nontraumatic perforations of the colon have been infrequently reported. The main symptoms of spontaneous subcutaneous emphysema are swelling and crepitus over the involved site; further clinical findings in case of subcutaneous cervical and mediastinal emphysema can be neck and chest pain and dyspnea. Radiological imaging plays an important role to achieve the correct diagnosis and extension of the disease. We present a quite rare case of spontaneous subcutaneous cervical emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and pneumoretroperitoneum due to perforation of an occult sigmoid diverticulum. Abdomen ultrasound, chest X-rays, and computer tomography (CT were performed to evaluate the free gas extension and to identify potential sources of extravasating gas. Radiological diagnosis was confirmed by the subsequent surgical exploration.

  15. Spontaneous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus epidural abscess in pregnancy. (United States)

    Connealy, Brendan D; Lovgren, Todd R; Tomich, Paul G; Smith, Carl V; Berg, Teresa G


    Epidural abscess is a rare complication of regional anesthesia, and spontaneous formation is even more uncommon. Diabetes mellitus, concomitant infection, intravenous drug use, and immune suppression are risk factors for spontaneous epidural abscess. A 29-year-old white woman presented at 28 weeks of estimated gestational age reporting an intermittent headache. She had Horner syndrome and was hospitalized. A cervicothoracic epidural abscess was diagnosed. Surgical decompression and parenteral antibiotics resulted in complete resolution of neurologic symptoms. Cultures were positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureous. Spontaneous epidural abscess is a rare condition and diagnosis is often delayed. The finding of Horner syndrome led to imaging of the cervical spine and diagnosis of epidural abscess. Early intervention resulted in resolution of neurologic symptoms and a successful pregnancy outcome.

  16. Medical image of the week: pancreatic abscess

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    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated after 150 words. A 55 year old woman, with a history of alcohol abuse and necrotizing pancreatitis, was readmitted for worsening abdominal pain and acute respiratory failure. A CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed an atrophic pancreas and multiple fluid collections. Along the inferior surface of the pancreas, there is a fluid collection with an evolving loculated rim, which is asymmetric, the larger component measure 2.9 cm x 4.7 cm (Figure 1, large arrow. Anterior to the body of the pancreas, there is an additional 2.2 cm x 2.4 cm with evolving loculated rim (Figure 1, short arrow, both compatible with a pseudocyst. Ultrasound of the abdomen showed a distended pancreatic duct that communicates to the smaller fluid collection (Figure 2. Coronal CT of the abdomen and pelvis showed a 12.4 cm pelvic abscess (Figure 3. CT guided drainage of the pelvic abscess was performed with positive culture of the fluid …

  17. Demodex abscesses: clinical and therapeutic challenges. (United States)

    Schaller, Martin; Sander, Christian A; Plewig, Gerd


    A 53-year-old man had a 6-week history of confluent erythematous papules, pustules, and abscesses of the face initially limited to the right nasolabial fold. Histologic investigation revealed a perifollicular infiltrate with lymphocytes, histiocytes, and many Demodex folliculorum mites. A large number of mites were seen in skin scrapings. The skin manifestations progressed and persisted for the following 5 years and were unresponsive to numerous antiparasitic treatments, including repeated oral administration of ivermectin and external application of lindane, permethrin, and benzoyl benzoate. Therapy with oral administration of 250 mg metronidazole 3 times a day for 2 weeks resulted in rapid and lasting recovery. Demodex folliculitis remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Antiparasitic therapies used against lice or scabies may fail in control of D folliculorum mites. In the presence of clinical and microscopic findings typical of Demodex folliculitis or abscesses, treatment failure with acaricidal agents does not exclude the diagnosis. Oral metronidazole seems to work in the management of this chronic mite infestation.

  18. Gentamicin concentrations in human subcutaneous tissue

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    Lorentzen, Hanne; Kallehave, Finn Lasse; Kolmos, Hans Jørn Jepsen


    in human subcutaneous adipose tissue by a microdialysis technique. Seven healthy young volunteers each had four microdialysis probes placed in the fat (subcutaneous) layer of the abdominal skin. After the administration of a 240-mg gentamicin intravenous bolus, consecutive measurements of the drug...

  19. Facilitated subcutaneous immunoglobulin administration (fSCIg)

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    Blau, Igor-Wolfgang; Conlon, Niall; Petermann, Robert


    and diverse medical needs that treatments for SID management should strive to meet. In this special report, we study the opportunities provided by facilitated subcutaneous immunoglobulin administration (fSCIg) to treat patients for whom the conventional routes (intravenous and subcutaneous) are sub...

  20. Gentamicin concentrations in human subcutaneous tissue

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    Lorentzen, Hanne; Kallehave, Finn Lasse; Kolmos, Hans Jørn Jepsen


    Wound infections frequently originate from the subcutaneous tissue. The effect of gentamicin in subcutaneous tissue has, however, normally been evaluated from concentrations in blood or wound fluid. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pharmacokinetic properties of gentamicin in hu...... the presence of sufficient concentrations in the adipose tissue to be effective against common bacteria....

  1. Subcutaneous Emphysema—Beyond the Pneumoperitoneum (United States)


    Background: Subcutaneous emphysema and gas extravasation outside of the peritoneal cavity during laparoscopy has consequences. Knowledge of the circumstances that increase the potential for subcutaneous emphysema is necessary for safe laparoscopy. Methods: A literature review and a PubMed search are the basis for this review. Conclusions: The known risk factors leading to subcutaneous emphysema during laparoscopy are multiple attempts at abdominal entry, improper cannula placement, loose fitting cannula/skin and fascial entry points, use of >5 cannulas, use of cannulas as fulcrums, torque of the laparoscope, increased intra-abdominal pressure, procedures lasting >3.5 hours, and attention to details. New additional risk factors acting as direct factors leading to subcutaneous emphysema risk and occurrence are total gas volume, gas flow rate, valveless trocar systems, and robotic fulcrum forces. Recognizing this spectrum of factors that leads to subcutaneous emphysema will yield greater patient safety during laparoscopic procedures. PMID:24680136

  2. Patterns of Hepatosplenic Brucella Abscesses on Cross-Sectional Imaging: A Review of Clinical and Imaging Features

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    Heller, Tom; Bélard, Sabine; Wallrauch, Claudia; Carretto, Edoardo; Lissandrin, Raffaella; Filice, Carlo; Brunetti, Enrico


    While diffuse involvement of liver and spleen is frequently seen in brucellosis, suppurative abscesses caused by Brucella are less common but well described. With the increased availability of cross-sectional imaging techniques, reports have become more frequent. Four patients with hepatosplenic

  3. First Case of Liver Abscess in Scandinavia Due to the International Hypervirulent Klebsiella Pneumoniae Clone ST23

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    Gundestrup, Svend; Struve, Carsten; Stahlhut, Steen G


    This is the first case report from Scandinavia of a pyogenic liver abscess caused by a Klebsiella pneumoniae isolate belonging to the international hyper virulent clone ST23. The patient, an 85-year old Caucasian, had no history of foreign travel or any classical predisposing factors for infection...

  4. [Streptococcus milleri: An unusual cause of skull extensive osteomyelitis in an immunocompetent patient]. (United States)

    Duquenne, C; Dernis, E; Zehrouni, A; Bizon, A; Duquenne, M


    Streptococcus milleri (Streptococcus anginosus, intermedius and constellatus) are commensal organisms, which can become pathogenic and cause infection with frequent abscess formation, local or metastatic extension. Osteomyelitis of the skull has been rarely reported in this type of infection. Skull osteomyelitis due to Streptococcus milleri is reported in a 61-year-old immunocompetent man without any medical history, occurring 10 months after a head injury without any wound or complication at initial presentation. A progressive right parieto-occipital headache with worsening and increased acute phase reactants evoked a giant cell arteritis. After few days of corticosteroid therapy (0.5 mg/kg/day), diagnosis of subcutaneous abscess associated to an extensive osteomyelitis of the skull due to Streptococcus milleri was diagnosed. The outcome was favorable after drainage of one liter of pus, irrigation, debridement and antibiotherapy by amoxicillin for 8 weeks. It is necessary to discuss the differential diagnosis of giant cell arteritis particularly when symptoms are unusual. Even a short-term corticosteroid therapy may dramatically exacerbate an undetected infection. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier SAS.

  5. Enterobius vermicularis infection with tuboovarian abscess and peritonitis occurring during pregnancy. (United States)

    Craggs, Barbara; De Waele, Elisabeth; De Vogelaere, Kristel; Wybo, Ingrid; Laubach, Monika; Hoorens, Anne; De Waele, Boudewijn


    Extraintestinal Enterobius vermicularis infections are rare but may occasionally affect the female genital tract. Although mostly asymptomatic or causing minor clinical problems, they may lead to severe infectious complications. Case report and review of the pertinent English language literature. A 31-year-old, 30-week-pregnant female was admitted with a clinical suspicion of appendicitis. At surgery, the appendix appeared normal, but generalized peritonitis of unclear origin was present. Eggs of Enterobius vermicularis were found upon microbiological and pathological examination. Because of persisting infectious disease, the patient underwent an elective caesarean section, and at that time the diagnosis of a right tuboovarian abscess was made, and salpingo-oophorectomy was performed. The pathology report confirmed the diagnosis of an E. vermicularis salpingo-oophoritis. This case was extraordinary because of a combination of tuboovarian abscess and generalized peritonitis with E. vermicularis infection occurring during late pregnancy. Ectopic enterobiasis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pelvic infections of gynecological origin.

  6. Bilateral psoas and bilateral perinephric abscesses complicating acute pyelonephritis in pregnancy

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    I Veerappan


    Full Text Available Acute pyelonephritis complicates 1-2% of pregnancies and causes significant maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. The diagnosis of renal tuberculosis (TB is often delayed and commonly presents with sterile pyuria or along with other pyogenic organisms. We report a case where the diagnosis of renal TB was missed in a pregnant woman when she presented with acute pyelonephritis, septic shock, and acute renal failure. There was clinical recovery with antibiotics, but bilateral psoas and perinephric abscesses (TB, Enterococcus sp., and E. coli were diagnosed when she presented with loin pain and palpable left renal angle swelling. Bilateral psoas abscess due to TB in the absence of skeletal TB and human immunodeficiency virus infection is rare. The presentation of renal TB in pregnancy, its complications, and its management are discussed.

  7. Candida tropicalis brain abscess in a neonate: An emerging nosocomial menace

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    Sangeetha Yoganathan


    Full Text Available Fungi are a relatively uncommon cause of brain abscess in neonates and early infancy. They are usually associated with predisposing factors like prematurity, low birth weight, use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and prolonged stay in the intensive care unit. Candida tropicalis (C. tropicalis is rapidly emerging as a nosocomial threat in the neonatal intensive care settings. This case report describes a neonate with C. tropicalis brain abscess who was diagnosed early and managed aggressively with a favorable outcome. Inadvertent use of intravenous antibiotics can have serious complications such as invasive fungal infection. Correct microbiological diagnosis is the key to successful treatment of deep-seated pyogenic infection. Fungal etiology should always be studied in relevant clinical settings.

  8. A Case of Recurrent Skin Abscesses: A Conundrum Solved after Obtaining a Thorough Sexual History

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    Diego P. Peralta


    Full Text Available Background. Despite the improvement in patient-physician communication techniques, sexuality and sexual health continue to be challenging areas for discussion during a clinical encounter. Most people are not prepared to discuss sexual matters openly as it can be perceived as negative or inappropriate. Consequently, an incomplete health assessment can result in delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Case Report. We present a 33-year-old woman who developed recurrent left breast abscesses. She required multiple incision and drainage procedures in the operating room followed by antimicrobial therapy. Although she always had an initial improvement with this approach, she continued to have recurrences and development of new abscesses in other body areas. The polymicrobial nature of her recurrences prompted an extensive and costly workup to determine the nature of her condition. The cause was finally elucidated when a thorough sexual history was obtained. Poor hygiene practices during her sexual encounters were considered the cause of her recurrent abscesses. After medical therapy and modification of her sexual practices, she has not developed new recurrences for more than two years. Conclusion. Discussions on sexuality and sexual health are important parts of any clinical encounter, yet frequently forgotten or avoided. Becoming aware of their importance would avoid delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.

  9. Pelvic abscess from enterobius vermicularis. Report of a case with cytologic detection of eggs and worms. (United States)

    Das, D K; Pathan, S K; Hira, P R; Madda, J P; Hasaniah, W F; Juma, T H


    Enterobius vermicularis is known to produce perianal and ischioanal abscesses and invade the peritoneal cavity via the female reproductive system, causing pelvic peritonitis. However, there are only rare case reports on the cytodiagnosis of these parasitic lesions. A 28-year-old woman was admitted with a tender left iliac fossa mass and greenish vaginal discharge. Ultrasonogram and computed tomography scan confirmed the presence of a mass lesion suggestive of a tuboovarian abscess. Cytologic examination of the pus obtained during left salpingo-oophorectomy revealed the presence of ova of E vermicularis and fragments of the adult worm in an inflammatory exudate consisting predominantly of neutrophils, eosinophils and occasional epithelioid cell granulomas. Paraffin sections of the tuboovarian mass showed necrotizing epithelioid cell granulomas, but neither ova nor any worm section was identified. Although the possibility of tuberculosis was considered histologically, Ziehl-Neelsen (Z-N) stain for acid-fast bacilli was negative. Z-N staining of the smear and mycobacterial culture of the pus also did not yield positive results. E vermicularis may cause tuboovarian abscess with necrotizing epithelioid granulomas mimicking tuberculosis. Cytologic examination of the pus is helpful in the diagnosis.

  10. A soluble suppressor T cell factor protects against experimental intraabdominal abscesses. (United States)

    Zaleznik, D F; Finberg, R W; Shapiro, M E; Onderdonk, A B; Kasper, D L


    This paper describes a suppressor T cell factor which protects mice against intraabdominal abscesses caused by Bacteroides fragilis. This soluble cell-free factor (ITF) is derived from splenic T cells from mice immunized with capsular polysaccharide (CP) of B. fragilis. Mice receiving ITF are protected from developing abscesses caused by B. fragilis to the same degree as animals receiving intact immune splenic T cells. The factor appears to be small in molecular size as protective activity is dialyzable through a 12,000-mol wt exclusion dialysis membrane and is present in fractions intermediate between the bed and void volumes of a P2 Biogel column. The protective effect of ITF is antigen-specific to B. fragilis alone. Mice given a complex inoculum of B. fragilis, enterococcus, and another anaerobe develop abscesses even after receiving column-purified ITF. The activity of ITF also is eliminated after adsorption with B. fragilis CP coupled to sheep erythrocytes but not with an unrelated CP coupled to sheep erythrocytes. ITF, therefore, appears to have a binding site for B. fragilis CP. ITF is heat-labile and loses efficacy after protease digestion, suggesting that the active material is a protein. These studies define a suppressor cell factor with activity in a model system resembling human disease and offer promise for increased understanding of the diversity of cell-mediated immune systems.

  11. Colonic involvement in patients with amebic liver abscess: endoscopic findings. (United States)

    Sachdev, G K; Dhol, P


    Amebic liver abscess is the most common form of extraintestinal amebiasis. Although the parasite enters the liver via the portal vein after invading large bowel mucosa, only 15% to 30% of patients have diarrhea. This study was done to evaluate colonic involvement in patients with amebic liver abscesses. In a prospective study, colonoscopy was performed in 50 patients with amebic liver abscesses and 15 control patients with acute amebic colitis. The findings were correlated with clinical features and ultrasonographic appearances. Most patients with amebic liver abscesses presented with fever and abdominal pain. Complete examination of the colon was possible in 45 patients. Twenty six (58%) had evidence of lesions in the colon. Twenty-three of 45 (51%) patients had a few discrete, small ulcers restricted to the right side of colon. Three of 45 (7%) patients with liver abscesses, who also had diarrhea at presentation, had larger and more numerous ulcers with inflammation of the surrounding mucosa of the left colon. Control patients with amebic colitis presented with diarrhea. Endoscopically, they all had multiple large ulcers with diffuse inflammation of the intervening mucosa of the left colon, similar to that seen in patients with liver abscess having diarrhea. Colonic involvement is common in patients with amebic liver abscess but most patients do not suffer from diarrhea, possibly because of very limited extent of the pathology that is confined mainly to the right side of colon.

  12. Internal Carotid Artery Aneurysm Mimicking Peritonsillar Abscess

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    Jacek Brzost


    Full Text Available The extracranial internal carotid artery aneurysm (EICAA is an uncommon arterial lesion. Patients typically present with neurologic symptoms resulting from impaired cerebral perfusion and compression symptoms of cranial nerves. Often EICAA presents as a pulsatile neck mass, which is otherwise asymptomatic. We present a case of an 84-year-old female, who was initially referred to the Emergency Department for Otolaryngology with suspected peritonsillar abscess. The patient had a history of recent upper airway infection and cardiovascular comorbidities, including hypertension and ischaemic stroke complicated by extensive neurologic deficits. Physical examination revealed a compact, nonpulsatile mass in the lateral parapharyngeal space and local erythema of the mucosa. Duplex Doppler Ultrasonography and Computed Tomography revealed an atherosclerotic aneurysm of the right internal carotid artery, measuring 63×55×88 mm, stretching from the skull base to the angle of the mandible.

  13. Preseptal Cellulitis, Orbital Cellulitis, Orbital Abscess

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    Rana Altan Yaycıoğlu


    Full Text Available Patients with orbital infections present to our clinic usually with unilateral pain, hyperemia, and edema of the eyelids. The differentiation between preseptal and orbital cellulitis is utmost important in that the second requires hospitalization. Since in orbital cellulitis, the tissues posterior to the orbital septum are involved, signs such as conjunctival chemosis, limited eye movement, decreased vision, as well as afferent pupil defect secondary to optic nerve involvement may also be observed. Prompt intravenous antibiotic treatment should be started, and surgical drainage may be performed if patient shows failure to improve in 48 hours despite optimal management. Without treatment, the clinical course may progress to subperiosteal or orbital abscess, and even to cavernous sinus thrombosis. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2012; 42: Supplement 52-6

  14. [Psoas abscess as a chicken pox complication]. (United States)

    Larcamon, Jorge E; Juanco, Gabriela; Alvarez, Lionel A; Pebe, Florián V


    Chicken pox is the most frequent exantematic illness; usually its course is self-limited and benign. Several bacterial complications are described due to the disruption of the skin as a defensive barrier because of the characteristics of the injuries and the associated inmunodepression. Psoas abscess is a rare illness and it's difficult to diagnose, with a general unspecified clinical presentation. We present the case of a 5-year-old girl, on her fifth day of chicken pox, who consults about a febrile convulsion, from which she recovers without any neurological symptoms, referring to functional impotence of her inferior left limb and pain in the lumbar and gluteal zone, which irradiates to the homolateral hip, making deambulation impossible. The definitive diagnosis was made with a CAT at hospital admission. The germ isolated was community-acquired methricillin-resistant Staphilococcus aureus. Treatment consisted in surgical drainage and endovenous antibiotics.

  15. Liver Abscesses: Factors That Influence Outcome of Percutaneous Drainage. (United States)

    Haider, Steffen J; Tarulli, Massimo; McNulty, Nancy J; Hoffer, Eric K


    The purpose of this study was to identify the details of percutaneous catheter drainage (PCD) of pyogenic liver abscesses, the etiologic factors, and the management techniques that contribute to successful treatment. The records of 75 consecutively registered patients who underwent PCD of 96 abscesses at a single institution between May 2009 and May 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Thirty-nine patients (52%) were oncology patients, and 36 (48%) had recently undergone abdominal surgery. Primary success was defined as abscess healing with the primary PCD intervention and 30-day postdrainage survival. Salvage success was defined as abscess healing with follow-up secondary PCD placement for symptomatic hepatic satellite collections or for clinical recurrence. Catheter adjustments were performed during follow-up to optimize existing drains. Univariate, multivariate, and general linear mixed model analyses were performed. The median follow-up time after catheter removal was 6 months (range, 2-62 months). Drains were primarily successful in 54 patients (72%), and 17 patients (23%) needed salvage PCD; thus, overall success was achieved in 71 patients (95%). The other four patients (5%) died of sepsis. The primary success rate was reduced in patients with unresectable malignancies (p = 0.01), multiple abscesses (p = 0.01), and output ≥ 15 mL/d at catheter endpoint (n = 7, p = 0.001). Only unresectable malignancies had slightly lower overall success. Large abscesses (> 150 cm(3)) required more catheter adjustments and longer drainage duration to reach abscess cavity closure. Successfully drained abscesses reached cavity closure a mean of 23 days (95% CI, 20-27 days) after treatment. PCD was effective first-line treatment of complicated pyogenic liver abscesses, which often require catheter adjustment and salvage drainage procedures to reliably achieve success.

  16. Gas-containing brain abscess: Etiology, clinical characteristics, and outcome

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    Tsung-Ming Su


    Full Text Available Gas-containing brain abscess remains a life-threatening disease that requires immediate diagnostic and therapeutic intervention. The aim of this study is to report on a series of gas-containing brain abscess and discuss its pathological mechanism and therapeutic consideration. This study included 11 patients with gas-containing brain abscess at Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan during a 27-year period. The predisposing factors to infection included hematogenous spread in five patients, contiguous infection in one patient, and abnormal fistulous communication due to head injury in four patients. In one patient, the predisposing factor might be contiguous infection from frontal sinusitis or abnormal fistulous communication due to previous sinus surgery. Klebsiella pneumoniae was the most common causative pathogen that was isolated from the gas-containing abscess not related to skull base defect. Among these 11 patients, six underwent excision and five accepted aspiration for the surgical treatment of abscess. In the five patients who underwent aspiration, two required repeated craniotomy to excise the recurrent abscess and repair the abnormal fistulous communication through the skull base. When encountered with a gas-containing abscess in patients with an impaired host defense mechanism, K. pneumoniae infection should be suspected, and further attention should be paid to discovering if other metastatic septic abscesses exist. For patients with a history of basilar skull fracture or surgery involving the skull base, craniotomy is indicated to excise the abscess and repair the potential fistulous communication through the cranium. Aspiration may be a reasonable alternative to treat deep-seated lesions, lesions in an eloquent area, patients with severe concomitant medical disease, or patients without a history of basilar skull fracture or surgery involving the skull base. Prompt diagnosis, appropriate antibiotic use, and

  17. Varicella Infection Complicated by Group A Beta-Hemolytic Streptococcal Retropharyngeal Abscess

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    Christine M. Clark


    Full Text Available An unimmunized 19-month-old child presented with a retropharyngeal abscess and coincident varicella infection. The abscess resolved with operative drainage. This is the first published report of this connection, although varicella is known to be associated with abscesses in general. Practitioners should be aware that cervical abscesses may complicate varicella infections.

  18. Cervical spondylodiscitis with epidural abscess after knife stab wounds to the neck: A case report. (United States)

    Voelker, Anna; von der Hoeh, Nicolas H; Gulow, Jens; Heyde, Christoph-Eckhard


    Cervical spondylodiscitis is usually caused by pyogenic infections, associated with retropharyngeal abscesses, or due to the swallowing of foreign bodies. No cases of cervical spondylodiscitis caused by a penetrating neck injury have been published in the literature. We describe a case of cervical spondylodiscitis after multiple knife stab wounds to the lateral soft tissue of the neck. Case report and review of the literature. A 54-year-old patient was brought to our clinic with destructive spondylodiscitis C3/4 with paravertebral and epidural abscesses. He had been involved in a fight and had suffered multiple stab wounds to his neck with a knife 1 month prior. The initial CT scan had revealed one deeper wound canal behind the sternocleidomastoid muscle on the left side without any injury to the vessels. The wound was cleaned and an antibiotic therapy with cefuroxime was given for 1 week. After an uneventful and complete healing of the wound the patient developed severe neck pain. Inflammatory laboratory parameters were elevated, and a MRI of the neck revealed a distinct spondylodiscitis C3/4 with paravertebral and epidural abscess formations. Surgery was performed and included debridement, abscess drainage, decompression of the spinal canal, fusion of the C3/4 segment using an autologous iliac crest bone graft and a plate osteosynthesis. A course of calculated antibiotic therapy was administered for 8 weeks. Normal laboratory parameters and no radiological signs of an ongoing inflammatory process were observed during follow-up examinations. The C3/4 segment was consolidated. Stab wound injuries to the neck not only bear the risk of injuries to the nerves, vessels and organs of the neck but also increase the risk of developing secondary spondylodiscitis. Specifically, cervical spondylodiscitis can result in distinct neurological symptoms, and surgical intervention should be performed in a timely manner. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Paragonimiasis in the abdominal cavity and subcutaneous tissue: report of 3 cases. (United States)

    Lee, Chang Ho; Kim, Jong Hun; Moon, Woo Sung; Lee, Min Ro


    Paragonimiasis is a parasitic disease caused by the lung fluke, Paragonimus spp. Lung flukes may be found in various organs, such as the brain, peritoneum, subcutaneous tissues, and retroperitoneum, other than the lungs. Abdominal paragonimiasis raises a considerable diagnostic challenge to clinicians, because it is uncommon and may be confused with other abdominopelvic inflammatory diseases, particularly peritoneal tuberculosis, and peritoneal carcinomatosis. Also, subcutaneous paragonimiasis does not easily bring up clinical suspicion, due to its rarity. We herein report 2 cases of abdominal paragonimiasis and 1 case of subcutaneous paragonimiasis in Korea.

  20. Tuberculous splenic abscess in a neonate with thrombocytopenia

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    Amodio, John; Biskup, Darius; Rivera, Rafael; Fefferman, Nancy [New York University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, NY (United States); Shah, Shetal [New York University Medical Center, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Avenue, NY (United States)


    We present a case of a premature neonate who presented with anemia and persistent thrombocytopenia. The patient was ultimately diagnosed with disseminated tuberculosis. Initial sonographic evaluation of the abdomen revealed a heterogeneous but predominately hypoechoic spleen; there was subsequent evolution of a splenic abscess. The patient was treated medically with anti-tubercular drugs. Follow-up post-treatment sonograms of the spleen showed diminution of the abscess and the evolution of multiple calcifications compatible with calcified granulomas. This case is an unusual presentation of tuberculosis in an infant with splenic abscess associated with thrombocytopenia and anemia. (orig.)

  1. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in spontaneous brain abscess patients

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    Bartek, Jiri; Jakola, Asgeir S; Skyrman, Simon


    BACKGROUND: There is a need to improve outcome in patients with brain abscesses and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a promising treatment modality. The objective of this study was to evaluate HBOT in the treatment of intracranial abscesses. METHOD: This population-based, comparative cohort...... study included 40 consecutive adult patients with spontaneous brain abscess treated surgically between January 2003 and May 2014 at our institution. Twenty patients received standard therapy with surgery and antibiotics (non-HBOT group), while the remaining 20 patients also received adjuvant HBOT (HBOT...

  2. Residual amoebic liver abscess in a prospective renal transplant recipient

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    Ashish V Choudhrie


    Full Text Available Amoebic liver abscess (ALA is by far the most common extraintestinal manifestation of invasive amoebiasis. The vast majority of these resolve with treatment; however, a small percentage of the treated ALAs are known to persist asymptomatically. Herein, we present a prospective renal allograft recipient with a residual liver abscess who had a successful renal transplant after treatment. In our opinion, persistence of a radiological finding of residual abscess in the absence of clinical disease does not appear to be a contraindication to renal transplantation.

  3. Obturator internus muscle abscess in a child: a case report. (United States)

    Bansal, Manish; Bhaliak, Vijay; Bruce, Colin E


    The authors report a case of abscess in the obturator internus muscle, which is a rare occurrence. It was managed with antibiotics and surgical intervention was not necessary. Pyomyositis involving the muscles around the hip needs to be differentiated from septic arthritis and transient synovitis of the hip because these pathologies more commonly afflict this joint. However, when present, abscesses usually affect the psoas or the glutei. Only rarely is the obturator internus involved by the abscess. Magnetic resonance imaging is the imaging modality of choice to image the obturator internus and to ascertain the diagnosis. Lack of awareness of the existence of this condition leads to a delay in the correct diagnosis.

  4. Endoscopic component separation for ventral hernia causes fewer wound complications compared to open components separation

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    Jensen, Kristian K; Henriksen, Nadia A; Jorgensen, Lars N


    -analysis reporting on a total of 163 patients. Patient demography and the rates of mesh repair were comparable between the ECS and OCS patient groups. The incidence of wound complications comprising surgical site infection, skin necrosis, subcutaneous abscess, seroma, skin dehiscence, cellulitis, and fistula...

  5. The knocked-out erythrocyte sedimentation rate: periodontal abscess. (United States)

    Sevinc, Alper; Bayindir, Yasar; But, Ayse


    The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is a common but nonspecific test that is often used as an indicator of active disease. Infection of dental origin may be responsible for a number of cases in unresolved elevated ESR and fever etiology. Dental sepsis is the one of the potential causes of persistent fever that can escape detection. An 18-year-old female patient was admitted to the emergency room with complaints of headache, fever, nausea, and vomiting for the past four days. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 110 mm/h. She was started empirically on antibiotic treatment as no etiology was found. Four days later, while searching for the etiology of the fever, the patient experienced an acute pain in association with localizing symptoms in two decayed teeth. Oral examination revealed abscess formation in both teeth. Teeth were extracted and ESR was decreased to 95 mm/h on the day of the second extraction and to 60, 35, and 10 mm/h taken weekly. During the follow-up, she was in good health with no fever seen 3 months after treatment and her ESR was 15 mm/h. Dental infection should be considered as an unusual but very treatable cause of pyrexia of unknown origin.

  6. Late Hematogenous Infection of Subcutaneous Implants in Rats (United States)

    Gottenbos, B.; Klatter, F.; Van Der Mei, H. C.; Busscher, H. J.; Nieuwenhuis, P.


    Late biomaterial-centered infection is a major complication associated with the use of biomaterial implants. In this study biomaterials that had been implanted subcutaneously in rats were hematogenously challenged with bacteria 4 weeks after implantation. Bacteria were spread either by intravenous injection or by stimulation of bacterial translocation. It was found that none of the biomaterials was infected by hematogenous spread, whereas 5% of the implants were infected by perioperative contamination. We conclude that late hematogenous infection of subcutaneous biomaterials does not occur in the rat. For humans as well, there are growing doubts whether implants actually become infected through hematogenous routes; it is thought that late infections may be caused by delayed appearance of perioperatively introduced bacteria. PMID:11527814

  7. Perforated diverticulitis of the sigmoid colon causing a subcutaneous emphysema

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    Radwan Kassir


    CONCLUSION: This physical sign may be of especial value in elderly patient groups amongst whom perforation may be less clinically obvious. General surgeons should bear in mind this rare complication of colonic diverticulosis.

  8. It Suddenly Occurred: Extensive Subcutaneous Emphysema after Bipolar Transurethral Resection of Prostate

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    Murat Bagcioglu


    Full Text Available Subcutaneous emphysema is a very rare and good-natured complication after transurethral resection of prostate (TURP. It has been reported as colon perforation, diverticulitis, and bladder perforation associated complication previously. We report the first case of a wide subcutaneous emphysema due to microperforations of prostatic capsule, without a bladder perforation after TURP. Any sign of clinic situation should lead to ceasing of the procedure immediately; otherwise, it can cause a life-threatening problem of abdominal compartment syndrome.

  9. Subcutaneous Panniculitis-Like T Cell Lymphoma Mimicking Early-Onset Nodular Panniculitis


    Shen, Guifen; Dong, Lingli; Zhang, Shengtao


    Patient: Male, 24 Final Diagnosis: Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma Symptoms: Fever ? skin nodules Medication: ? Clinical Procedure: Skin biopsy ? PET-CT Specialty: Hematology Objective: Rare disease Background: Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T cell lymphoma is a very uncommon subtype of cutaneous T cell lymphoma. The manifestations of this rare disease are atypical at onset, and may mimic some rheumatic or dermatologic diseases, which causes the delay of diagnosis and treatment...

  10. Recurrent, giant subcutaneous leiomyosarcoma of the thigh

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    Gao Chuanping, MD


    Full Text Available We present a case of recurrent, massive subcutaneous leiomyosarcoma involving the left thigh in a 29-year-old male from Madagascar. The patient had earlier undergone local resection of subcutaneous leiomyosarcoma a half year before. After surgical intervention, local recurrence developed at this site and was rapidly growing. The patient was surgically treated with a 2-cm-wide margin local excision in our hospital. The patient has remained recurrence free at 1-year follow-up.

  11. Multiple Scedosporium apiospermum abscesses in a woman survivor of a tsunami in northeastern Japan: a case report

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    Nakamura Yutaka


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Scedosporium apiospermum is increasingly recognized as a cause of localized and disseminated mycotic infections in near-drowning victims. Case presentation We report the case of a 59-year-old Japanese woman who was a survivor of a tsunami in northeastern Japan and who had lung and brain abscesses caused by S. apiospermum. Initially, an aspergillus infection was suspected, so she was treated with micafungin. However, computed tomography scans of her chest revealed lung abscesses, and magnetic resonance images demonstrated multiple abscesses in her brain. S. apiospermum was cultured from her bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and antimycotic therapy with voriconazole was initiated. Since she developed an increase in the frequency of premature ventricular contractions, an adverse drug reaction to the voriconazole was suspected. She was started on a treatment of a combination of low-dose voriconazole and liposomal amphotericin B. After combination therapy, further computed tomography scans of the chest and magnetic resonance images of her brain showed a demarcation of abscesses. Conclusions Voriconazole appeared to have a successful record in treating scedosporiosis after a near drowning but, owing to several adverse effects, may possibly not be recommended. Thus, a combination treatment of low-dose voriconazole and liposomal amphotericin B may be a safe and effective treatment for an S. apiospermum infection. Even though a diagnosis of scedosporiosis may be difficult, a fast and correct etiological diagnosis could improve the patient's chance of recovery in any case.

  12. Masticator space abscess in a 47-day-old infant

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    Eunhee Kim


    Full Text Available A 47-day-old male infant presented with fever, poor oral intake, irritability, and right-sided bluish buccal swelling. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography of the neck showed a round mass lesion of about 2.0¡¿1.5 cm that suggested abscess formation in the right masticator space. Ultrasound-guided extraoral aspiration of the abscess at the right masseter muscle was successful. Staphylococcus aureus was identified in the culture from the aspirated pus and blood. Appropriate antibiotics were given and the patient recovered. The patient underwent follow-up ultrasonography that showed an improved state of the previously observed right masseter muscle swelling at about 1 month after hospital discharge. A masticator space abscess usually originates from an odontogenic infection in adults. We report a case of masticator space abscess in a 47-day-old infant in whom septicemia without odontogenic infection was suspected.

  13. A novel vaccine targeting Fusobacterium nucleatum against abscesses and halitosis (United States)

    Liu, Pei-Feng; Haake, Susan Kinder; Gallo, Richard L.; Huang, Chun-Ming


    An abscess in a gum pocket, resulting from bacterial infection, is a common source of chronic halitosis. Although antibiotics are generally prescribed for abscesses, they require multiple treatments with risks of creating resistant bacterial strains. Here we develop a novel vaccine using ultraviolet-inactivated Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum), a representative oral bacterium for halitosis. A gum pocket model, established by continuous inoculation of F. nucleatum, was employed to validate the vaccine potency. Mice immunized with inactivated F. nucleatum effectively minimized the progression of abscesses, measured by swollen tissues of gum pockets. Most notably, the immunized mice were capable of eliciting neutralizing antibodies against the production of volatile sulfur compounds of F. nucleatum. The novel vaccine inducing protective immunity provides an alternative option to conventional antibiotic treatments for chronic halitosis associated with abscesses. PMID:19162109

  14. Subdural abscess associated with halo-pin traction. (United States)

    Garfin, S R; Botte, M J; Triggs, K J; Nickel, V L


    Osteomyelitis and intracranial abscess are among the most serious complications that have been reported in association with the use of the halo device. The cases of five patients who had formation of an intracranial abscess related to the use of a halo cervical immobilizer are described. All of the infections resolved after drainage of the abscess, débridement, and parenteral administration of antibiotics. Meticulous care of the pin sites is essential to avoid this serious complication. Additionally, since all of the infections were associated with prolonged halo-skeletal traction, this technique should be used with caution and with an awareness of the possible increased risks of pin-site infection and of formation of a subdural abscess.

  15. [Intracerebral abscess 48 years after grenade splinter injury]. (United States)

    Wegner-Kempf, L; Tornow, K; Schmiedek, P


    The case report of a 54-year-old patient with a right frontal intracerebral abscess 48 years after a missile injury is presented. Treatment included surgical evacuation and antibiotic therapy. The patient was discharged without neurological deficit.

  16. Subcutaneous delivery of sumatriptan in the treatment of migraine and primary headache

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    Moore JC


    Full Text Available Johanna C Moore, James R MinerDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USAAbstract: Subcutaneous sumatriptan is an effective treatment for pain from acute migraine headache, and can be used in patients with known migraine syndrome and in patients with primary headaches when secondary causes have been excluded. In limited comparative trials, subcutaneous sumatriptan performed in a manner comparable with oral eletriptan and intravenous metoclopramide, was superior to intravenous aspirin and intramuscular trimethobenzamide-diphenhydramine, and was inferior to intravenous prochlorperazine for pain relief. The most common side effects seen with subcutaneous sumatriptan are injection site reactions and triptan sensations. As with all triptans, there is a risk of rare cardiovascular events with subcutaneous sumatriptan and its use should be limited to those without known cerebrovascular disease and limited in those with known cardiovascular risk factors and unknown disease status. In studies of patient preference and tolerability, the subcutaneous formulation has a faster time of onset and high rate of efficacy when compared with the oral formulation, but the oral formulation appears to be better tolerated. It is important to consider the needs of the patient, their past medical history, and what aspects of migraine treatment are most important to the patient when considering treatment of acute migraine or primary headache. Subcutaneous sumatriptan is a good first-line agent for the treatment of pain from acute migraine headaches and primary headaches.Keywords: sumatriptan, subcutaneous, migraine headache, primary headache

  17. CT findings in differential diagnosis of pelvic inflammatory bowel mass and tuboovarian abscess

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    Park, Sook Hee; Jeon, Doo Sung; Choi, Jin Ok; Chae, Soo Hyun; Lee, Kang Soo; Kim, Sung Mee; Kim, Hong Soo [Presbyterian Medical Center, Chonju (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the CT findings which may help differentiate pelvic inflammatory bowel mass(IBM) from tubo-ovarian abscess(TOA). Twenty-five patients with histologically confirmed TOA(n=14), periappendiceal abscess(n=9), an abscess caused by diverticulitis(n=1), and by ulcerative colitis(n=1) were evaluated. For TOA, age distribution ranged only from the 3rd to the 5th decade, but for IBM, the range was the 2nd to 8th decade with highest frequency during the 3rd-4th decade. CT findings were retrospectively analysed for bilaterality, internal septa, anterior displacement of the mesosalpinx, and perirectal and mesenteric fat infiltration. Mesenteric fat infiltration was detected in all 11 cases of pelvic IBM, but in only two of 14 TOA cases(p<0.05). Anterior displacement of the mesosalpinx was observed in two of 11 pelvic IBM cases and in nine of 14 TOA cases(P<0.05). There were no significant difference in bilaterality, internal septa, or perirectal fat infiltration. Mesenteric fat infiltration was the most reliable finding in differentiating pelvic IBM form TOA. Anterior displacement of the mesosalpinx, and age distribution were also helpful in differentiating the two disease groups.

  18. Aspergilose cerebral em paciente imunocompetente Cerebral Aspergillus abscess in immunocompetent patient

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    Geraldo Pianetti Filho


    Full Text Available Descrevemos um caso raro de aspergilose cerebral, como complicação de cirurgia para aneurisma cerebral, em paciente imunocompetente, e com sucesso no tratamento. A paciente, de 40 anos, havia sido submetida a craniotomia para clipagem de aneurisma da artéria pericalosa. Após cinco meses, no sitio cirúrgico, surgiram múltiplos abscessos por Aspergillus sp. Foram necessárias duas craniotomias para a retirada da massa fúngica e uso de anfotericina B. Após 14 anos de acompanhamento, a evolução mostra resolução da aspergilose, sem seqüela. O tratamento do abscesso cerebral por Aspergilus exige acompanhamento clínico contínuo, repetidas drenagens cirúrgicas intracranianas e o uso de anfotericina B no tratamento medicamentoso.We report an unusual case of brain aspergillosis with multiple recurrent abscess in a 40 years-old immunocompetent woman, with good therapeutical outcome. The patient presented a subaracnoid hemorhage caused by a ruptured pericalosal artery aneurysm and was submitted to a craniotomy for aneurysm surgery. Five months later, she developed multiple Aspergillus cerebral abscess. Two craniotomies and amphotericin B became necessary during treatment. Fourteen years later, she is asymptomatic. Treatment of brain aspergillosis abscess implied the combination of both surgical and drug therapy with amphotericin B.

  19. Cervicofacial necrotizing fasciitis following periodontal abscess. (United States)

    Medeiros, Rui; Catunda, Ivson de Sousa; Queiroz, Isaac Vieira; de Morais, Hecio Henrique Araujo; Leao, Jair Carneiro; Gueiros, Luiz Alcino Monteiro


    Soft tissue infections are characterized by acute inflammation, diffuse edema, and suppuration, and are often associated with symptoms such as malaise, fever, tachycardia, and chills. Necrotizing fasciitis is a destructive bacterial infection affecting subcutaneous tissue and superficial fascia and is associated with high rates of mortality. It usually involves the abdomen and extremities, but it also can occur in the head and neck. Early diagnosis is critical and the most commonly accepted treatment includes radical surgical intervention and administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics. This article reports and discusses the case of a patient with odontogenic cervicofacial necrotizing fasciitis, and emphasizes the importance of early and effective treatment.

  20. Frontal subcutaneous blood flow, and epi- and subcutaneous temperatures during scalp cooling in normal man

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    Bülow, J; Friberg, L; Gaardsting, O


    Cooling of the scalp has been found to prevent hair loss following cytostatic treatment, but in order to obtain the hair preserving effect the subcutaneous temperature has to be reduced below 22 degrees C. In order to establish the relationship between epicutaneous and subcutaneous temperatures...... epicutaneous and subcutaneous temperatures could be demonstrated with the regression equation: s = 0.9 c + 4.9 (r = 0.99). In eight of the 10 subjects the subcutaneous temperature could be reduced below 22 degrees C with the applied technique. It is concluded that the hair preserving effect of scalp cooling...