BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.08.2010.3292
  • Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

A complicated case of cholecystitis, listeriosis and HIV/AIDS

  1. N Reay-Jones3
  1. 1Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust, Chase Farm Hospital, The Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex, UK
  2. 2Pathology Department, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK
  3. 3Surgery Department, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Howlands, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to L Maddocks, lukemaddocks{at}


A 37-year-old woman of Tanzanian origin presented with symptoms of cholecystitis, sepsis and oral candidiasis. Subsequent investigation found listeriosis and HIV infection. Effective use of the appropriate antibiotics and surgical management to remove the source of sepsis lead to a good recovery from the acute illness. The patient was subsequently transferred to a tertiary centre for specialist care of her underlying chronic condition of HIV/AIDS. Her case demonstrates a previously unreported association of HIV, Listeria and cholecystitis.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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