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Davie Wong, Fred Aoki, Ethan Rubinstein, "Bacteremia Caused by Eggerthella lenta in an Elderly Man with a Gastrointestinal Malignancy: A Case Report", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 25, Article ID 802481, 2 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/802481
Bacteremia Caused by Eggerthella lenta in an Elderly Man with a Gastrointestinal Malignancy: A Case Report
Eggerthella lenta is an anaerobic, Gram-positive bacillus commonly found in the human digestive tract. Occasionally, it can cause life-threatening infections. Bacteremia due to this organism is always clinically significant and is associated with gastrointestinal diseases and states of immune suppression. The authors report a case involving an elderly man with a newly diagnosed gastrointestinal malignancy who developed bacteremia caused by E lenta, treated successfully using empirical therapy with vancomycin and piperacillin-tazobactam, followed by directed therapy with metronidazole once the identity and antibiotic susceptibility of the organism was established. The present case reinforces the connection between E lenta bacteremia with gastrointestinal malignancy and highlights the importance of searching for a source of bacteremia due to this organism.
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