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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2012, Article ID 517637, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/517637
Case Report

Disseminated Infection Caused by Eggerthella lenta in a Previously Healthy Young Man: A Case Report

1Department of Medicine, The University of Arizona Medical Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
2Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, The University of Arizona Medical Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA

Received 1 November 2012; Accepted 22 November 2012

Academic Editors: S. Dogra, P. Horrocks, P. O. Sumba, S. Talhari, and G. Walder

Copyright © 2012 Ahmad Salameh 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.

Abstract

Anaerobic bacteria are the predominant normal flora of the mucous membranes which may cause life-threatening disseminated infections and are often difficult to culture from infected sites. Eggerthella (previously known as Eubacteria species) is an anaerobic, nonsporulating, nonmotile, Gram-positive rod that is found in the human colon and feces and has been isolated from various other clinical specimens. We report a case of complicated disseminated anaerobic bacterial infection with Eggerthella lenta in a healthy immunocompetent man causing multiple brain abscesses, liver abscesses, necrotizing pneumonia, and osteomyelitis of the left radial bone. He was successfully treated with empiric penicillin G and metronidazole.