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March 1972

Shigella Bacteremia in a Patient: With Sickle Cell Anemia

Author Affiliations

New York
From the departments of pediatrics (Drs. Evans, Douglass, and Baki) and pathology (microbiology) (Dr. Sampath), Harlem Hospital Center, New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(3):238-239. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110090108016

Shigella infection has been rarely reported as a complication in patients with hemoglobinopathy. A case of S sonnei bacteremia and diarrhea in a 20-month-old infant with SS hemoglobin was recently observed. The patient was treated with ampicillin sodium and kanamycin sulfate and recovered. Greater use of media designed for efficient isolation of Shigella may lead to more frequent identification of this organism in patients with hemoglobinopathies.