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May 1981

Haemophilus influenzae Sepsis and Shock Secondary to Biliary Infection in an Adult

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Infectious Diseases (Dr de Sa Pereira), Department of Medicine (Drs de Sa Pereira, Abello and Peckler), and Division of Microbiology, Department of Pathology (Dr Lipton), Edgewater Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(6):795-796. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340060103024

• A 46-year-old woman was seen with biliary obstruction secondary to a pancreatic tumor. After undergoing a percutaneous liver biopsy, she became septic and went into shock. Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteremia and biliary infection were verified. With treatment, the patient recovered from the infection. Biliary infection by H influenzae is rare, and fulminant infections in adults are even more uncommon. Hazards of invasive diagnostic procedures in patients with obstructive jaundice are discussed.

(Arch Intern Med 1981;141:795-796)