December 1973

Severe Sepsis From Enterobacter

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn
From Hartford Hospital (Drs. Iannini, Hull, and Quintiliani), and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Dr. Quintiliani), Hartford.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(6):854-856. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350240024008

Despite the increased frequency of nosocomial infections due to Gram-negative bacteria, publications of infection from Enterobacter species are rare. Two serious illnesses were produced by this group of organisms; one involved a patient with endocarditis from E aerogenes, while the other was a case of suppurative arthritis and osteomyelitis from E cloacae. It is possible that the entry of infection that affected the prosthetic aortic valve in the first patient was via an intravenous catheter; in the second, a patient with acute granulocytic leukemia, via platelet-rich transfusion.