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March 1980

Intra-abdominal AbscessCaused by Staphylococcus epidermidis

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Infectious Diseases, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(3):326. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380030072017

• An immunologically compromised patient was found to have a postoperative intra-abdominal abscess from which Staphylococcus epidermidis was the sole isolate. Studies of the isolate in a rabbit and in mice showed no evidence for unusual virulence of the organism. The S epidermidis probably was introduced into the peritoneal cavity during surgery and, because of the patient's neutropenia, produced a serious infection within a few weeks. To our knowledge, this is the first case of an intra-abdominal abscess associated with S epidermidis to be described in the literature.

(Arch Surg 115:326, 1980)