Helicobacter pylori bacteremia: An unusual finding

Concetta De Luca, Annalisa Mancin, Maria Calabrò, Cristina Daleno, Antonella Ferrario, Raffaella Renzulli, Cristina Scuderi, Erminia Casari

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We report a case of Helicobacter pylori transient bacteremia in a woman with ulcerated antral gastric cancer. The patient was hospitalized for laparoscopy and subtotal gastrectomy. After surgery she developed fever (39°C) and was empirically treated with levofloxacin. Blood cultures, collected and sent immediately to Laboratory, were positive for a spiral Gramnegative bacterium. This isolate was identified as H. pylori and the specific susceptibility test was performed. One day after the fever was decreased but antibiotic treatment with levofloxacin was continued and it was maintained until discharge. In summary, H. pylori transient bacteremia may occur as a rare complication after stomach surgery. Further studies are necessary to elucidate the potential role of Helicobacter pylori presence in blood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-75
Number of pages2
JournalInfectious Disease Reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Bacteremia
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Stomach surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases


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