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
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.
Shewanella putrefaciens, necrotizing fasciitis, uremia
J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2006;39:516-518.