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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2015, Article ID 187212, 3 pages
Case Report

Vibrio alginolyticus Associated Chronic Myringitis Acquired in Mediterranean Waters of Turkey

1Department of Microbiology, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, 48000 Mugla, Turkey
2Department of Otolaryngology, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, 48000 Mugla, Turkey
3Department of Microbiology, Unye State Hospital, 52300 Ordu, Turkey

Received 28 July 2015; Revised 18 October 2015; Accepted 19 October 2015

Academic Editor: Larry M. Bush

Copyright © 2015 Burak Ekrem Citil 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.


Vibrio alginolyticus was originally classified as biotype 2 of Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Most clinical isolates are recovered from superficial wounds or the external ear infections. V. alginolyticus is acknowledged to be nearly nonpathogenic in humans. The reason for presence of V. alginolyticus’s virulence is uncertain. We describe a chronic myringitis case in a 47-year-old female due to V. alginolyticus. According to her anamnesis, it was detected that she had sea bathing history in Mugla Coast in Turkey. Pure isolation of V. alginolyticus was obtained from external auditory canal’s culture. Investigation and antimicrobial susceptibility of the isolate were performed by the automatized BD Phoenix system and Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method, respectively. The bacteria were sensitive to all antibiotics. This case was presented to pay attention to Vibrio alginolyticus infections.