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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2016, Article ID 5241571, 3 pages
Case Report

A Case of Acinetobacter Septic Pulmonary Embolism in an Infant

Department of Pediatrics, Topiwala National Medical College and BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai 400008, India

Received 2 February 2016; Revised 23 June 2016; Accepted 3 July 2016

Academic Editor: Gernot Walder

Copyright © 2016 Poonam Wade 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.


Case Characteristics. An 11-month-old girl presented with fever and breathlessness for 5 days. Patient had respiratory distress with bilateral coarse crepitations. Chest radiograph revealed diffuse infiltrations in the right lung with thick walled cavities in mid and lower zone. Computed tomography showed multiple cystic spaces and emboli. Blood culture grew Acinetobacter species. Intervention. Patient was treated with Meropenem and Vancomycin. Outcome. Complete clinical and radiological recovery was seen in child. Message. Blood cultures and CT of the chest are invaluable in the evaluation of a patient with suspected septic pulmonary embolism. With early diagnosis and appropriate antimicrobial therapy, complete recovery can be expected in patients with septic pulmonary embolism.