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November 1983

Parotitis Associated With Eikenella corrodens in a Healthy Adult

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases (Drs Bissell and Glew), and Department of Otolaryngology (Dr Liland), University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester Memorial Hospital, Worcester.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(11):772-773. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800250066016

Eikenella corrodens is a gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic rod that is part of the normal oral flora. Although its pathogenicity was uncertain until recently, E corrodens has been implicated in a variety of human infections, usually in mixed culture, and commonly in patients predisposed by virtue of trauma, malignant neoplasms, antecedent surgery, or parenteral drug abuse. Parotitis due to E corrodens occurred in a healthy 72-year-old woman. Therapy with high-dose intravenous oxacillin sodium had been without effect, but surgical drainage plus antibiotic therapy directed against E corrodens produced prompt resolution.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1983;109:772-773)