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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 82-84
Case Report

Prostatic Abscess Caused by Streptococcus mutans

Chau Nguyen, Andre Dascal, and Jack Mendelson

Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Sir Mortimer B Davis – Jewish General Hospital and McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Received 7 May 1990; Accepted 28 July 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 first reported case of prostatic abscess caused by Streptococcus mutans isolated in pure culture is described. Urethral dilation for obstruction was unsuccessful, so suprapubic cystostomy was performed. Perineal aspiration under ultrasonic guidance resulted in 10 mL of pus containing pure Strep mutans. Diagnosis of prostatic abscess is difficult since the clinical manifestations are nonspecific.