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Volume 44, Number 5, October 2011

Nonpigmented Chromobacterium violaceum bacteremic cellulitis after fish bite


Ching-Huei Yang


Received: December 21, 2009    Revised: February 10, 2010    Accepted: April 16, 2010   

 

Background and purpose: 

A case of nonpigmented Chromobacterium violaceum bacteremic cellulitis after fish bite in Taiwan is reported. The patient was successfully treated with ciprofloxacin and doxycycline for an extended period. Chromobacterium violaceum should be listed in the differential diagnosis of patients with nonspecific cellulitis associated with marked leukocytosis and rapid progression to septicemia either with or without a distinct history of exposure to water or soil. A combination of prompt diagnosis, optimal antimicrobial therapy, and adequate therapeutic duration for C violaceum infection is the key for successful therapy.



 

Key words:

Bacteremia, Cellulitis, Chromobacterium violaceum, Nonpigmented