Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology / 2015 / Article

Case Report | Open Access

Volume 26 |Article ID 501386 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/501386

Sayaka Asahata, Yuji Hirai, Yusuke Ainoda, Takahiro Fujita, Yumiko Okada, Ken Kikuchi, "Fournier’S Gangrene Caused by Listeria Monocytogenes as the Primary Organism", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 26, Article ID 501386, 3 pages, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/501386

Fournier’S Gangrene Caused by Listeria Monocytogenes as the Primary Organism

Abstract

A 70-year-old man with a history of tongue cancer presented with Fournier’s gangrene caused by Listeria monocytogenes serotype 4b. Surgical debridement revealed undiagnosed rectal adenocarcinoma. The patient did not have an apparent dietary or travel history but reported daily consumption of sashimi (raw fish).Old age and immunodeficiency due to rectal adenocarcinoma may have supported the direct invasion of L monocytogenes from the tumour. The present article describes the first reported case of Fournier’s gangrene caused by L monocytogenes. The authors suggest that raw ready-to-eat seafood consumption be recognized as a risk factor for listeriosis, especially in cases of skin and soft tissue infection.

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