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BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Jun 30;2016. pii: bcr2016215450. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-215450.

Lick of death: Capnocytophaga canimorsus is an important cause of sepsis in the elderly.

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1
Department of Medicine for the Elderly, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, London, UK.
2
Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London, London, UK.

Abstract

A 70-year-old Caucasian woman was treated for Capnocytophaga canimorsus septicaemia. The source of bacteraemia was very likely to be her household pet, an Italian greyhound. The patient presented with a presumed complex partial seizure but deteriorated rapidly with sepsis and multiorgan dysfunction. Neither scratch nor bite was established, although close petting including licks was reported. Blood cultures grew Gram-negative rods, identified by molecular techniques as C. canimorsus-a bacterium frequently isolated in the oral cavities of dogs and cats. A full recovery was made following 2 weeks of intensive care support and broad-spectrum antibiotics. No underlying immune dysfunction was found.

PMID:
27364692
PMCID:
PMC4932406
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2016-215450
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