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May 1989

Listeria monocytogenes Septic Arthritis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson.

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(5):1207-1208. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390050155034

• Septic arthritis is a relatively uncommon manifestation of listeriosis. Only four documented cases of Listeria arthritis have been reported in the medical literature. We now present a fifth case associated with Listeria peritonitis and briefly review the clinical spectrum of articular listeriosis. These cases suggest that (1) the early diagnoses of Listeria peritonitis and arthritis require a high degree of clinical suspicion, and (2) a cephalosporin should not be used as the sole antibiotic in cases of septic arthritis and peritonitis in which the causative organism has not been identified.

(Arch Intern Med. 1989;149:1207-1208)

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