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Clinical Note
June 2000

An Unusual Source of Vibrio alginolyticus–Associated OtitisProlonged Colonization or Freshwater Exposure?

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Infectious Diseases (Dr Mukherji), Clinical Pathology, Section of Clinical Microbiology (Ms Schroeder and Dr Procop), and Family Practice (Dr Deyling), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(6):790-791. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.6.790

  Otitis externa and otitis media are commonly encountered in clinical practice. We report an unusual case of otitis externa, which was caused by Vibrio alginolyticus, several months after saltwater exposure. Clinicians need to be aware of this unusual pathogen, especially in refractory cases of ear infections.