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April 1989

Listeria monocytogenes Osteomyelitis

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and the Departments of Medicine, State University of New York Health Sciences Center, Brooklyn, and St John's Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, NY.

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(4):931-932. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390040127026

Listeria monocytogenes is usually an opportunistic pathogen causing either meningitis or bacteremia in adults. Focal infection outside the central nervous system occurs infrequently. We describe two cases of osteomeylitis caused by L monocytogenes. Certain characteristics of L monocytogenes may make cure difficult, particularly in a deep-seated focus such as bone, and may warrant special consideration when planning therapy.

(Arch Intern Med 1989;149:931-932)

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