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Myonecrosis Caused by <i>Edwardsiella tarda:</i> A Case Report and Case Series of Extraintestinal <i>E. tarda</i> Infections

Ellen M. Slaven, Fred A. Lopez, Shana M. Hart and Charles V. Sanders

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 10, pages 1430-1433
Published in print May 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/320152
Myonecrosis Caused by Edwardsiella tarda: A Case Report and Case Series of Extraintestinal E. tarda Infections

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Edwardsiella tarda is an unusual human pathogen. It is primarily associated with gastrointestinal disease, although recent reports of extraintestinal disease are broadening the current understanding of the clinical spectrum of E. tarda. A series of 11 cases of extraintestinal E. tarda infection is presented, including the first reported case of myonecrosis in an immunocompetent patient. Wound infections were the most common manifestation, and 3 of 5 patients with infected wounds had been exposed to a marine environment. One patient had bacteremia, and the remaining 5 patients developed abscesses that required surgical drainage. Four patients had E. tarda isolated in pure culture, including the patient with myonecrosis. Although it is often difficult to ascertain the contribution of E. tarda to infection when it is isolated as part of a mixed culture, this case series suggests that E. tarda is singularly capable of causing limb- and life-threatening infections.

Journal Article.  2544 words.  Illustrated.

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

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