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Volume 39, Number 6, December 2006

Necrotizing fasciitis caused by Shewanella putrefaciens in a uremic patient

Tsung-Hung Tsai, Hong-Yi You
Section of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, Department of Internal Medicine, Chiayi Veterans Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan; and 2Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Received: February 9, 2006    Revised: April 29, 2006    Accepted: May 21, 2006   


Corresponding author:

Tsung-Hung Tsai, No. 27, Lane 531, Jiochi Rd., Jiochi Village, Dashu Township, Kaohsiung County 840, Taiwan. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it




Shewanella putrefaciens rarely causes infections in humans. This report describes a case of necrotizing fasciitis caused by S. putrefaciens in a uremic patient who recovered in spite of inadequate antibiotic treatment. S. putrefaciens is a possible causative organism of necrotizing fasciitis, and the absence of any sign of systemic infection cannot rule out the possibility of invasive infection in uremic patients. Surgical intervention is important in such cases.



Key words:

Shewanella putrefaciens, necrotizing fasciitis, uremia



J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2006;39:516-518.