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Eikenella corrodens Empyema in Children

M. Anne St John, MB, BS, FRCP(C); Antonio A. Belda, MD; Ann Matlow, MD; Charles G. Prober, MD, FRCP(C)
Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(5):415-417. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130290013006.
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Eikenella corrodens is a slow-growing, Gram-negative, facultative, anaerobic organism that is normally found among oropharyngeal flora. Its isolation as a pathogen is increasingly being reported. Although well documented in the literature on adults, few cases of E corrodens infection have been reported in children. We describe two children with E corrodens pneumonia and empyema. In one, infection was mixed, but in the other the organism was isolated in pure culture. Both patients recovered after therapy with a combination of an antibiotic active in vitro against the organism, and surgical drainage. The diagnosis, bacteriology, and evidence for potential pathogenicity of the organism are reviewed; E corrodens should be considered as a potential pathogen, especially in predisposed patients.

(Am J Dis Child 1981;135:415-417)


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