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Chirurg. 2001 Apr;72(4):441-3.

[Chronic fistulating wound infection after Lichtenstein repair of inguinal hernia, caused by a small colony variant of Staphylococcus aureus].

[Article in German]

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Abteilung für Allgemein- und Visceralchirurgie, Städtisches Krankenhaus München Schwabing.


We report a case of chronic wound infection (abscess, fistula) after a Lichtenstein repair of inguinal hernia. After surgical treatment (mesh explantation), a small-colony variant (SCV) of Staphylococcus aureus was cultured microbiologically. SCV represent subpopulations of Staphylococcus aureus which are associated with chronic infections and which respond poorly to usual treatment regimes. In this case surgery and specific antibiotic treatment with flucloxacillin and rifampicin were successful.

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