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Prog Transplant. 2011 Jun;21(2):121-3.

Capnocytophagia canimorsus sepsis in an asplenic heart transplant candidate with a left ventricular assist system.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacy, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Comprehensive Transplant Center, 600 North Wolfe St., Carnegie 180, Baltimore, MD 21287-6180, USA.


Fulminant septic shock associated with Capnocytophagia canimorsus bacteremia developed in a 54-year-old asplenic man, a heart transplantation candidate who was supported with a HeartMate II left ventricular assist system, after he experienced a dog bite. He improved after administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics, which were narrowed to ampicillin/sulbactam for a prolonged 6-week course, and subsequently recovered fully.

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