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Clin Infect Dis. 2000 Sep;31(3):839-40.

Veillonella parvula meningitis: case report and review of Veillonella infections.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Disease, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA.


Veillonella parvula is a small, nonfermentative anaerobic gram-negative coccus that is part of the normal flora of the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina in humans. When isolated from clinical specimens, V. parvula is often regarded as a contaminant or commensal, but it has been implicated as a pathogen in infections of the sinuses, lungs, heart, bone, and central nervous system. Meningitis, however, is extremely rare; to our knowledge, only 2 cases have been previously described in the literature. We report a case of V. parvula meningitis and review the literature on Veillonella infections.

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