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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages e7-e9
Case Report

A Case of Acute Cholecystitis Caused by Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an Immunocompromised Patient

Joseph Kim,1 Daniel B. Gregson,1,2,3 and Deirdre L. Church1,2,3

1Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
3Calgary Laboratory Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Although infections with Staphylococcus aureus can implicate multiple organ systems, involvement of the biliary tract is rare. A case of acute cholecystitis and bacteremia with methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) in a patient with HIV infection is presented. The MRSA isolate was found to be a community-associated strain. The present case highlights the invasive nature of staphylococcal infections and the emerging importance of community-associated MRSA strains.