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October 24, 1977

Campylobachter fetus Infection in a Patient With Hodgkin's Disease

JAMA. 1977;238(17):1810-1811. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280180014005

To the Editor. —  Campylobacter fetus commonly infects cattle and is transmitted venereally from the testes of bulls. In humans the route of infection is unclear, but man may acquire the disease by ingestion of contaminated water or food.1 The infection usually occurs in adults with underlying disease such as chronic alcoholism or cardiovascular disease. However, it is uncommon in patients with malignant neoplasms. There have been isolated reports of C fetus infection associated with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, hepatoma, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.1 To our knowledge, this is the first report of the infection occurring in a patient with Hodgkin's disease.

Report of a Case.—  The patient is a 25-year-old man with a history of Hodgkin's disease, nodular sclerosis, stage IV with pulmonary involvement. Dysuria of two weeks' duration developed and was associated with urethritis and a purulent urethral discharge. Urine and urethral cultures were obtained