Isolated liver abscesses in melioidosis

Mukhopadhya, A.; Balaji, V.; Jesudason, M. V.; Amte, A.; Jeyamani, R.; Kurian, G.
April 2007
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Apr2007, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p150
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Melioidosis is a suppurative chronic infection caused by a gramnegative bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. We report two patients who presented with isolated liver abscesses caused by this pathogen. Both patients presented with high-grade fever and abdominal pain. On examination they were toxic and had tender hepatomegaly. Investigations showed leucocytosis and a shift to the left. Early diagnosis of melioidosis was made by culture and growth of Burkholderia pseudomallei from aspirated pus from the abscesses and the patients were treated with ceftazidime and co-trimoxazole. Despite institution of antibiotics both the patients succumbed to their illness. Melioidosis is an emerging infection in the Indian subcontinent and can cause isolated liver abscesses.


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