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Int J Low Extrem Wounds. 2012 Dec;11(4):311-2. doi: 10.1177/1534734612463702.

Surgical wound infection by Streptococcus pneumoniae after a cat-scratch disease.

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  • 1Spirito Santo Hospital, Pescara (PE), Italy.


Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is mostly known as an agent of meningitis and pneumonia. We present what is believed to be a previously unreported case of pneumococcal disease, involving an inguinal wound. A 10-year-old male patient underwent surgical removal of a cat-scratch disease-related enlarged groin lymph node; infection of the wound was soon observed, with multidrug-resistant S pneumoniae growing from the lesion discharge. This communication expands the spectrum of skin ulcer-infecting pathogens; in fact, although pneumococcus has been known to mostly affect central nervous system and airways, we observed a surgical wound infection by this organism.

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