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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 55-57

Group F Streptococcal Bacteremia Complicating a Bartholin's Abscess

1Department of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas, USA
2Infectious Disease Service, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, USA
3Brooke Army Medical Center, Attn. MCHE-MD, 3851 Roger Brooke Drive, Fort Sam Houston, 78234-6200, TX, USA

Received 18 July 2000; Accepted 17 November 2000

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Background: Group F streptococci are Gram-positive cocci typically isolated from wound infections and abscesses. Bacteremia with group F streptococcus is uncommon, and the lower gynecologic tract has not been reported as a source. We report a case of a Bartholin's abscess leading to group F streptococcal bacteremia.

Case: A 31-year-old female noted fever and rigors 30 min after manipulation of a 3-day-old vulvar abscess. An empty Bartholin's gland abscess was found on examination, and blood cultures grew β-hemolytic group F streptococci. The patient was treated with ampicillin/sulbactam, symptoms improved, and follow-up blood cultures revealed no growth.

Conclusion: Group F streptococci are known to inhabit various body sites and have a predilection for forming abscesses; however, bacteremia is infrequent. They have occasionally been identified in true infections of the genitourinary tract but only very rarely in Bartholin's abscesses. This case of group F streptococcal bacteremia following self-drainage of a Bartholin's abscess constitutes the first such description in the medical literature.