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Arch Intern Med. 1985 Oct;145(10):1908.

Escherichia coli bacteremia, meningitis, and hemochromatosis.


A 67-year-old man with Escherichia coli bacteremia and meningitis was found to have hemochromatosis. To my knowledge this is the first documented case of E coli meningitis occurring in the setting of hemochromatosis. The case raises issues regarding the role of chronic liver disease in the pathogenesis of gram-negative sepsis and the impact of iron loading on host immunocompetence and bacterial virulence.

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