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March 1972

Postoperative Detection of Salmonella typhiAn Unexpected Hospital Infection Hazard

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn
From the Department of Medicine, George Hunter Laboratory, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Drs. Reisig and Schaffner) and the Veterans Administration Hospital (Dr. Reisig), Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(3):349-350. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180030095024

Salmonella typhi was cultured from the operative wound drainage of a patient who had had acute typhoid fever 58 years previously and from the gallbladder of a patient with cholecystitis. Neither patient was a known typhoid carrier. According to the literature, such unexpected recovery of S typhi seems to be unusual but not rare. These patients are a hospital infection hazard that can be discovered by culturing postoperative infections and gallbladders and gallstones removed at operation.