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May 1984

Pasteurella multocida Lung Abscess: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Dr Steyer) and Pathology (Dr Sobonya) and the Division of Respiratory Sciences (Dr Steyer), University of Arizona Health Sciences Center; and the Department of Medicine, Veterans Administration Medical Center (Dr Steyer), Tucson.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(5):1081-1082. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350170249040

• A 65-year-old man was seen with an asymptomatic solitary pulmonary nodule of at least five months' duration. Culture of a percutaneous needle aspirate yielded Pasteurella multocida. Surgical resection of the lesion showed an acute and chronic lung abscess histologically, and culture again yielded P multocida. The potential for this rare human respiratory tract pathogen to cause indolent, necrotizing parenchymal pulmonary infection in an asymptomatic patient is thus documented. The roentgenographic appearance of the lesion mimicked a primary carcinoma.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:1081-1082)