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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2015, XXXIX/232: 219-222 Maximize

Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2015, XXXIX/232: 219-222

Title: Severe sepsis after dog bite caused by Capnocytophaga canimorsus

Authors: Dobosz P, Martyna D, Stefaniuk E, Szczypa K, Hryniewicz W

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Severe sepsis after dog bite caused by Capnocytophaga canimorsus


Dobosz P1, Martyna D2, Stefaniuk E3,4, Szczypa K5, Hryniewicz W3,4.

1Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Independent Public Health Care in Brzesko, Poland; 2Microbiological Laboratory, Independent Public Health Care in Brzesko, Poland; 3Department of Epidemiology and Clinical Microbiology, National Medicines Institute in Warsaw, Poland; 4Center for Quality Control in Microbiological Diagnostics, Warsaw, Poland; 5Foundation "Centre of Clinical Microbiology" in Warsaw, Poland

We describe a case of a life-threatening septicemia resulting from a previous dog bite wound. The isolated bacterium was Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a slow-growing Gram-negative bacillus commonly found in dog saliva. Known risk factors for invasive C. canimorsus infections are alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking, splenectomy or other forms of immunosuppression. Any clinician seeing patients with a history of a dog bite should consider this pathogen as a causative agent and take detailed history regarding exposure to animals.

Key words: Capnocytophaga canimorsus, sepsis, wounds after animal-bites

Pol Med J, 2015; XXXIX (232); 219–222