September 1987

Yersinia enterocolitica Infection Complicated by Intestinal Perforation

Author Affiliations

From the Pittsburgh Veterans Administration Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Departments of Medicine (Drs Stone and Rabinovitz) and Surgery (Drs Wells and Stremple).

Arch Intern Med. 1987;147(9):1662-1663. doi:10.1001/archinte.1987.00370090138023

Yersinia enterocolitica causes primarily ileocolitis in human beings, and is manifested by abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever. Usually, it is a self-limiting disease. Local or systemic complications are rare. A 71-year-old man with Y enterocolitica colitis complicated by perforation and abscess formation is described. This complication is very rare, and the four other cases that have been reported in the literature are reviewed.

(Arch Intern Med 1987;147:1662-1663)