Listeria monocytogenes peritonitis: Case report and literature review

J. J. Sivalingam, Paul Martin, H. S. Fraimow, J. C. Yarze, L. S. Friedman

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Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram-positive bacillus that is pathogenic in both the normal and compromised host. We describe Listeria peritonitis and cerebritis in a patient with cirrhosis due to non-A, non-B hepatitis, and review the 11 other cases of Listeria peritonitis reported in the English- language literature. Listeria is a rare cause of peritonitis in debilitated, older patients, with two-thirds of the cases occurring in patients with chronic liver disease. Listeria peritonitis may also occur in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis, or in those with malignancy. Peritonitis due to Listeria is clinically similar to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, and is associated with fever, variable abdominal pain, and neutrocytic ascites; bacteremia commonly accompanies Listeria peritonitis. This syndrome can be successfully treated with antimicrobial drugs, although the third-generation cephalosporins commonly used in the therapy of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis are not recommended. Ampicillin may be the drug of choice, with combination therapy with an aminoglycoside reserved for cases that do not respond to ampicillin alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1839-1845
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume87
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Listeria monocytogenes
Peritonitis
Listeria
Ampicillin
Listeria Meningitis
Aminoglycosides
Peritoneal Dialysis
Cephalosporins
Bacteremia
Ascites
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Bacillus
Abdominal Pain
Hepatitis
Liver Diseases
Fibrosis
Chronic Disease
Fever
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Therapeutics

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Sivalingam, J. J., Martin, P., Fraimow, H. S., Yarze, J. C., & Friedman, L. S. (1992). Listeria monocytogenes peritonitis: Case report and literature review. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 87(12), 1839-1845.

Listeria monocytogenes peritonitis : Case report and literature review. / Sivalingam, J. J.; Martin, Paul; Fraimow, H. S.; Yarze, J. C.; Friedman, L. S.

In: American Journal of Gastroenterology, Vol. 87, No. 12, 01.01.1992, p. 1839-1845.

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Sivalingam, JJ, Martin, P, Fraimow, HS, Yarze, JC & Friedman, LS 1992, 'Listeria monocytogenes peritonitis: Case report and literature review', American Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 87, no. 12, pp. 1839-1845.
Sivalingam JJ, Martin P, Fraimow HS, Yarze JC, Friedman LS. Listeria monocytogenes peritonitis: Case report and literature review. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1992 Jan 1;87(12):1839-1845.
Sivalingam, J. J. ; Martin, Paul ; Fraimow, H. S. ; Yarze, J. C. ; Friedman, L. S. / Listeria monocytogenes peritonitis : Case report and literature review. In: American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1992 ; Vol. 87, No. 12. pp. 1839-1845.
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