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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 259475, 2 pages
Case Report

Thigh Abscess Caused by Yersinia enterocolitica in an Immunocompetent Host

Department of Internal Medicine, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210-2342, USA

Received 15 December 2011; Accepted 26 January 2012

Academic Editor: Kevin B. Laupland

Copyright © 2012 Purva Gumaste 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.


Yersinia enterocolitica is primarily a gastrointestinal tract pathogen known to cause gastroenteritis, although it may produce extra-intestinal infections like sepsis and its sequelae. However, primary cutaneous infections are extremely rare. We present a case of Y. enterocolitica thigh abscess in an immunocompetent adult. The portal of entry is unclear in this case. He did many outdoor activities that involved skin injuries and exposure to soil and contaminated water. Hence, direct inoculation as a result of exposure to contaminated water is postulated in the absence of evidence for a gastrointestinal route of infection.