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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2018, Article ID 7510715, 4 pages
Case Report

Bacillus cereus Typhlitis in a Patient with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

1Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
2H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to James D. Denham; ude.fsu.htlaeh@mahnedj

Received 13 December 2017; Accepted 18 February 2018; Published 11 March 2018

Academic Editor: Gernot Walder

Copyright © 2018 James D. Denham 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.


Bacillus cereus is a Gram-positive rod that is now recognized as a rare cause of frank disease in the neutropenic hematologic malignancy patient. Because this pathogen is rarely isolated in clinical specimens, no large studies exist to guide the management of these acutely ill patients. Individual case reports and case series exist in the literature describing various clinical manifestations of B. cereus in the neutropenic patient including bacteremia/septicemia, pneumonia, meningitis/encephalitis, hepatic abscesses, and gastritis. In this report, we describe a case of typhlitis caused by B. cereus in a 74-year-old female with recently diagnosed acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), and we summarize the available English language literature to draw tentative conclusions regarding the clinical manifestations of this organism.