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Hum Pathol. 2005 Jan;36(1):117-9.

Visceral botryomycosis in a case of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae endocarditis.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403, USA. hjcmd@earthlink.net

Abstract

Botryomycosis is a rare bacterial infection of the skin and, rarely, viscera that is characterized by the formation of characteristic hyaline grains. We encountered a patient with Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae endocarditis who developed visceral botryomycosis. He was a 54-year-old black man who presented in sepsis with a history of progressive weakness and severe weight loss. He died 10 hours after admission. At autopsy, endocarditis was identified, along with infarcts of the spleen and kidneys. Microscopically, visceral botryomycosis was seen. With these bacteria, an animal source is usually identified, although one was not found in this man. Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is an organism that is becoming identified in a range of infections in humans, the manifestations and pathophysiology of which are still being discovered.

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