Aeromonas veronii biovar veronii and sepsis-infrequent complication of biliary drainage placement: A case report

Manlio Monti, Arianna Torri, Elena Amadori, Alice Rossi, Giulia Bartolini, Chiara Casadei, Giovanni Luca Frassineti

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Abstract

BACKGROUND Aeromonas species are uncommon pathogens in biliary sepsis and cause substantial mortality in patients with impaired hepatobiliary function. Asia has the highest incidence of infection from Aeromonas, whereas cases in the west are rare. CASE SUMMARY We report the case of a 64-year-old woman with advanced pancreatic cancer and jaundice who manifested fever, abdominal pain, severe thrombocytopenia, anemia and kidney failure following the insertion of a percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage. Blood culture results revealed the presence of Aeromonas veronii biovar veronii (A. veronii biovar veronii). After antibiotic therapy and transfusions, the life-threatening clinical conditions of the patient improved and she was discharged. CONCLUSION This was a rare case of infection, probably the first to be reported in West countries, caused by A. veronii biovar veronii following biliary drainage. A finding of Aeromonas must alert clinician to the possibility of severe sepsis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-764
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Clinical Cases
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Aeromonas
  • Aeromonas veronii biovar veronii
  • Biliary tract infection
  • Case report
  • Cholangitis
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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