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June 3, 1950


Author Affiliations

New York; Pearl River, N. Y.

From the Departments of Surgery and Bacteriology, Bronx Hospital, New York.

JAMA. 1950;143(5):430. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.82910400004006c

Salmonellae are but rarely found in abscesses or other localized purulent infections. In the files of the Salmonella Center at Beth Israel Hospital, New York, which covers over 5,000 cases of human salmonella infections and carriers, there are only 44 cases in which abscess formation or localized infections of the integument dominated the clinical picture.1 Similarly, Edwards, Bruner and Moran, in their statistics on 2,949 isolations of salmonellae from man, listed but 18 abscesses.2

From the purely clinical point of view, salmonellae in localized infections present no problems as distinguished from those of similar infections of different causation. They could be considered bacteriologic oddities were it not for the infective nature of these organisms. In contrast to the common agents of purulent infection, salmonellae are infective by the oral route. Thus pus and drainage from a salmonella abscess present a definite risk to members of the medical and

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