Sir.—I read with interest the article by St John et al entitled "Eikenella corrodens Empyema in Children" (Journal 1981;135:415-417). Their review of the literature, however, was incomplete. In 1974, I reported the isolation of E corrodens from a paronychia.1 The child habitually bit his nails, and infection was attributed to this trauma acting in concert with normal oropharyngeal flora in an abnormal location.
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BARTON LL. Eikenella corrodens Empyema. Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(10):973. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130340075025