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Am J Clin Pathol. 1987 Nov;88(5):659-62.

An unusual case of splenic abscess and sepsis in an immunocompromised host.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02215.


Lactobacilli are important members of the vaginal, gastrointestinal, and oral flora in humans. Although these organisms are usually innocuous, increasing numbers of serious infections attributable to these bacilli have recently been reported. The authors report an unusual case of a patient presenting with a splenic abscess and sepsis resulting from lactobacilli and review the literature describing serious infections caused by these organisms.

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