Infect Chemother.  2005 Apr;37(2):104-106.

A Case of Skin and Soft Tissue Infection Caused by Non-O1, Non-O139 Vibrio cholerae in a Patient with Liver Cirrhosis

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. infect@catholic.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Clinical Microbiology, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Non-O1, non-O139 Vibrio cholerae usually causes gastroenteritis and bacteremia. It can also cause skin and soft tissue infection but the incidence is very rare. Patients who have been reported to have skin and soft tissue infection caused by non-O1, non-O139 V. cholerae had liver cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis. We present here a case of skin and soft tissue infection caused by non-O1, non- O139 V. cholerae in a patient with liver cirrhosis in Korea. After treatment of cefotaxime, doxycycline and debridement, the wound was clinically improved. This case suggests that non-O1, non-O139 V. cholerae infection should also be considered in addition to V. vulnificus infection when skin and soft tissue infections occurs in patients with liver cirrhosis, especially if they have had seawater or seafood exposure.

Keyword

Non-O1; Non-O139 Vibrio cholerae; Soft tissue infection; Liver cirrhosis

MeSH Terms

Bacteremia
Cefotaxime
Cholera
Debridement
Doxycycline
Gastroenteritis
Hepatitis, Chronic
Humans
Incidence
Korea
Liver Cirrhosis*
Liver*
Seafood
Seawater
Skin*
Soft Tissue Infections*
Vibrio cholerae*
Vibrio*
Wounds and Injuries
Cefotaxime
Doxycycline
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