Journal Article

Anal Colonization of Group G β-Hemolytic Streptococci in Relapsing Erysipelas of the Lower Extremity

Björn K. G. Eriksson

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 29, issue 5, pages 1319-1320
Published in print November 1999 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 1999 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313467
Anal Colonization of Group G β-Hemolytic Streptococci in Relapsing Erysipelas of the Lower Extremity

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Four patients who had frequent relapses of erysipelas but no obvious portal of entry and no β-hemolytic streptococci in specimens from conventional culture sites all had group G streptococci in cultures of specimens from the anal canal. It is suggested that anal colonization with group G streptococci, and possibly group A and other β-hemolytic streptococci, may constitute a reservoir for streptococci in such cases.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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