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Arch Intern Med. 2001 Nov 26;161(21):2616-8.

A fatal case of Vibrio vulnificus presenting as septic arthritis.

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Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, University of Texas-Houston Medical School, 6431 Fannin, MSB 5.260, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Vibrio vulnificus is an invasive gram-negative bacillus that may cause necrotizing cellulitis, bacteremia, and/or sepsis. Although V vulnificus infection is uncommon, it is frequently fatal and is usually attributed to ingestion of raw shellfish or traumatic exposure to a marine environment; patients are also often found to have a hepatic disorder (cirrhosis, alcohol abuse, or hemochromatosis) or an immunocompromised health status, and most commonly present with septicemia or a wound infection. We describe a patient who presented with septic arthritis as the first clinical manifestation of a V vulnificus infection. The organism was subsequently identified in a synovial fluid aspirate.

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