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Tuberc Respir Dis (Seoul). 2012 Sep;73(3):178-81. doi: 10.4046/trd.2012.73.3.178. Epub 2012 Sep 28.

A Case of Streptococcus suis Infection Causing Pneumonia with Empyema in Korea.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Cheju Halla General Hospital, Jeju, Korea.


Streptococcus suis causes meningitis and sepsis in pigs, but human infection has increased over the past few years in those who are exposed to pigs or raw pork. Most cases have occurred in Southeast Asia, but only two cases have been reported in South Korea, presenting with arthritis and meningitis. Here, we report a rare case of S. suis infection, a 60-year-old sailor, who visited the emergency room presenting septicemia, pneumonia with empyema and meningitis, showed full recovery; however, neurologic sequale of severe cognitive dysfunction was present after the usage of antibiotics and percutaneous drainage. S. suis was isolated from blood and pleural fluid and the strain was susceptible to penicillin and vancomycin. Increased awareness of S. suis infection and prevention are warranted.


Empyema; Meningitis; Pneumonia; Sepsis; Streptococcus suis

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