Disseminated Klebsiella rhinoscleromatis infection

R. Porto, O. Hevia, G. T. Hensley, P. R. Meyer

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A 35-year-old obese black American woman presented with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, cough, and chest pain of 2 weeks' duration. She was pancytopenic and acidotic, with respiratory failure and hypotension. A diagnosis of septic shock was made, and the patient died 48 hours after admission. Blood cultures were positive for organisms that were reported to be Klebsiella rhinoscleromatis. An autopsy she had massive hepatic necrosis with numerous Mikulicz's cells. The lungs, spleen, and bone marrow were also involved. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a case of systemic infection with K rhinoscleromatis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1381-1383
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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