A Case of Helicobacter cinaedi Bacteraemia in a Previously Healthy Person with Cellulitis
Helle Holst1, Keld Andresen1, Jens Blom2, Niels Højlyng3, Michael Kemp1, Karen Angeliki Krogfelt1, Jens Jørgen Christensen*, 1
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2008
First Page: 29
Last Page: 31
Publisher Id: TOMICROJ-2-29
Article History:Received Date: 4/3/2008
Revision Received Date: 26/3/2008
Acceptance Date: 27/3/2008
Electronic publication date: 3/4/2008
Collection year: 2008
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Helicobacter cinaedi is an infrequent, but well recognized cause of gastroenteritis in immunosuppressed patients. Here we report a case of an extra-intestinal infection in a previous healthy 61-year old heterosexual male. Focus for the infection was most likely cellulitis on the lower right leg. The bacterium was cultured from blood twice within one week. Electron microscopy of the isolate visualized bipolar flagella. Partial DNA sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene and phenotypic characterization of the isolate established the species diagnosis. The patient was treated with rifampicin. After end of treatment blood cultures were negative and the cellulitis had disappeared.