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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 31-34
Case Report

Brain Abscess Due to Wolinella recta and Streptococcus intermedius

Thomas J Marrie and Elizabeth Kerr

Departments of Medicine, and Microbiology, Dalhousic University and the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Received 26 January 1990; Accepted 10 April 1990

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The authors present a case of a 62-year-old female with a frontal lobe brain abscess caused by Wolinella recta and two strains of Streptococcus intermedius. One of the strains of S intermedius was resistant to penicillin. Resolution of the abscess required 60 days of antibiotic therapy and aspiration on four occasions. The source of the brain abscess could not be determined. This is the first case in which W recta has been isolated from a brain abscess.