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Kansenshogaku Zasshi. 1993 Feb;67(2):154-62.

Chronic melioidosis: a report of the first case in Japan.

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Second Department of Internal Medicine, Gifu University School of Medicine.


A 41-year-old Japanese male with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus and alcoholic liver dysfunction developed melioidosis after his business trip to Indonesia and Singapore in 1988. His disease started with spiked fever on the following day after extraction of a tooth, and a liver abscess developed, followed by abscesses in the spleen and in the subphrenic space. In spite of splenectomy and intensive antimicrobial treatments for three months, he developed parotitis, prostatitis, and abscess of the right submandibular gland at 5 to 16-month interval. Pseudomonas pseudomallei was isolated from the blood and pus from each abscess. The lung was not involved. At present, he has returned to work, with continued intravenous instillation of imipenem/cilastatin.

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