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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 232-234
Case Report

Streptococcus pneumoniae: A Cause of Primary Lung Abscess in a Child

Kelly S MacDonald, Volia M de Carvalho, Lawrence Liebert, and Joanne E Embree

Departments of Medical Microbiology, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Received 7 May 1992; Accepted 19 September 1992

Copyright © 1993 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.


A case of primary pneumococcal lung abscess in a five-year-old child is described. Secondary anaerobic infection as a cause of cavitation was excluded by bronchoscopic culture of the cavity. Streptococcus pneumoniae is a rare but recognized cause of lung abscess in healthy children.