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J Infect Chemother. 2013 Oct;19(5):960-3. doi: 10.1007/s10156-012-0524-2. Epub 2012 Nov 27.

Campylobacter showae bacteremia with cholangitis.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Shizuoka Cancer Center Hospital, 1007 Shimonagakubo, Nagaizumi-cho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka, 411-8777, Japan,


We report a case of Campylobacter showae bacteremia associated with cholangitis. A 71-year-old man with advanced bile duct cancer was admitted to our hospital because of cholangitis with shock, hypoglycemia, and impaired renal function. After replacement of the biliary drainage tube, pus was drained from the tube. Specimens for blood and bile cultures were obtained, and fluid resuscitation and antimicrobial treatment were then begun. Although anaerobic blood culture yielded small curved gram-negative rods, the isolate could not be identified by conventional identification methods. The isolate was identified as C. showae by 16S rRNA gene sequencing analysis. We consider here the pathogenicity of C. showae and the association of C. showae with cholangitis.

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