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Scand J Infect Dis. 1996;28(2):199-203.

Helicobacter cinaedi bacteraemia: varied clinical manifestations in three homosexual males.

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Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Fairfield Hospital, Australia.


We report 3 cases of Helicobacter cinaedi bacteraemia in different hosts representing a spectrum of clinical illness associated with this infection. The first was an AIDS patient with relapsing H. cinaedi bacteraemia despite antibiotic treatment. The second was an HIV seronegative homosexual man with end-stage renal failure, receiving haemodialysis and a previous history of chronic lymphoedema of his legs. He developed H. cinaedi bacteraemia with cellulitis of his left leg. Patient 3, an HIV seronegative homosexual man, had transient H. cinaedi bacteraemia 2 days after the completion of a course of chemotherapy for bilateral testicular carcinoma. The clinical spectrum of disease associated with H. cinaedi is broad, with few specific clinical features. Successful recovery of this fastidious organism from blood aids in the diagnosis of this unusual infection.

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