1 Department of Bacteriology, Mycology and Parasitology
2 Department of Virology, Statens Serum Institut
3 Infectious Diseases Unit, Medical Department, Roskilde University hospital; Copenhagen, Denmark
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.
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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