Spontaneous gram-negative cellulitis in a liver transplant recipient

D. L. Paterson, S. Gruttadauria, A. Lauro, V. Scott, I. R. Marino

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A 47-year-old liver transplant recipient developed fever and cellulitis on the 8th post-transplant day. The clinical appearances were of a rapidly advancing cellulitis. The patient had a past history of severe peripheral edema and hypoalbuminemia. Blood cultures and skin biopsy grew Escherichia coli. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of E. coli cellulitis in a liver transplant recipient. However, cases have previously been described in patients with cirrhosis or idiopathic nephritic syndrome, conditions which share predisposing features of peripheral edema and hypoalbuminemia. Bacteremic gram-negative cellulitis should be considered in compromised patients with unusual presentations of cellulitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-347
Number of pages3
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Gram-negative cellulitis
  • Liver transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology


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