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J Med Microbiol. 2011 Jul;60(Pt 7):1046-9. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.026351-0. Epub 2011 Mar 17.

Four cases of bacteraemia caused by Fusobacterium nucleatum in febrile, neutropenic patients.

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  • 1Institute of Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary. terhesga@freemail.hu

Abstract

Although bacteraemia caused by obligate anaerobic bacteria is a rare event, this phenomenon will be an emerging problem among oncohaematological patients. We report four cases of bacteraemia caused by Fusobacterium nucleatum in febrile, neutropenic patients over a 10 month period. All patients had haematological malignancy and severe neutropenia, and three of them suffered from oral mucositis or oedema of the oral mucosal surfaces, which was the probable portal of entry. All isolated strains were susceptible to standard anti-anaerobic antibiotics.

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21415204
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10.1099/jmm.0.026351-0
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