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Gemella morbillorum as a source bacteria for necrotising fasciitis of the torso
  1. Gustavo Romero-Velez,
  2. Xavier Pereira,
  3. Anil Narula and
  4. Peter K Kim
  1. Department of Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter K Kim; kim.peter.p01{at}


A 66-year-old man presented with upper back cellulitis and imaging findings consistent with a necrotising soft tissue infection. He was started on broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics and was taken to the operating room for immediate surgical debridement. On postoperative day 5, the culture was noted to be growing Gemella morbillorum, an exceedingly rare cause of necrotising soft tissue infections in immunocompetent hosts. His condition improved, and he was transitioned to oral antibiotics and discharged home.

  • gas/free gas
  • infectious diseases
  • surgery
  • general surgery
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  • Contributors Authorship information and contributions: GR-V: conception, editing and design of the case report with patient data acquisition and drafting of the main manuscript. XP: drafting, editing and revising of the main manuscript. Final approval of the version published: AN: revisions and final approval of the version published. PKK: final revisions, editing and approval of version published. As the corresponding author, he is in agreement to be accountable for the article and to ensure that all questions regarding the accuracy or integrity of the article are investigated and resolved.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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