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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 524561, 4 pages
Case Report

Pleural Empyema due to Group D Salmonella

1Department of Internal Medicine, St. Michael's Medical Center, School of Graduate Medical Education, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, USA
2Division of Pulmonary Medicine, St. Michael's Medical Center, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ, USA
3Department of Gastroenterology, St. Michael's Medical Center, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ, USA
4Division of Gastroenterology, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Seton Hall University, Paterson, NJ, USA

Received 13 June 2012; Accepted 22 August 2012

Academic Editors: N. Matsuhashi and I. Siddique

Copyright © 2012 Jennifer C. Kam et al. 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.


Non-typhi Salmonella normally presents as a bacteremia, enterocolitis, and endovascular infection but rarely manifests as pleuropulmonary disease. We present a case of a 66-year-old female with underlying pulmonary pathology, secondary to an extensive smoking history, who presented with a left-sided pleural effusion. The causative agent was identified as being group D Salmonella. Decortication of the lung was performed and the patient was discharged on antibiotics with resolution of her symptoms. This case helps to support the inclusion of Salmonella group D as a possible etiological agent of infection in the differential causes of exudative pleural effusions.