Actinomyces turicensis necrotizing soft-tissue infection of the thigh in a diabetic male

Kunal Panwar, Therese M. Duane, Jeffrey M. Tessier, Khushbu Patel, James M. Sanders

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Abstract

Background: Necrotizing soft-tissue infections are a devastating infection that is rarely caused by Actinomyces spp. Case Report: A 45-year-old obese previously healthy male presented to the emergency department with diabetic ketoacidosis. The patient developed systemic signs of infections and right medial thigh pain subsequently diagnosed as a necrotizing soft-tissue infection. Successful treatment included prompt surgical intervention and initiation of broad-spectrum antimicrobial drugs. Conclusion: Actinomyces turicensis may be the pathogen causing certain necrotizing soft-tissue infections. Clinicians should consider the possibility that this organism represents a true pathogen and not colonization/contamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-433
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Infections
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Soft Tissue Infections
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Diabetic Ketoacidosis
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Hospital Emergency Service
Pain
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Actinomyces
  • diabetes mellitus
  • necrotizing soft tissue infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Actinomyces turicensis necrotizing soft-tissue infection of the thigh in a diabetic male. / Panwar, Kunal; Duane, Therese M.; Tessier, Jeffrey M.; Patel, Khushbu; Sanders, James M.

In: Surgical Infections, Vol. 20, No. 5, 01.07.2019, p. 431-433.

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Panwar, Kunal ; Duane, Therese M. ; Tessier, Jeffrey M. ; Patel, Khushbu ; Sanders, James M. / Actinomyces turicensis necrotizing soft-tissue infection of the thigh in a diabetic male. In: Surgical Infections. 2019 ; Vol. 20, No. 5. pp. 431-433.
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