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Leclercia adecarboxylata causing necrotising soft tissue infection in an immunocompetent adult
  1. Molly K Lonneman1,
  2. Rebekah J Devasahayam2 and
  3. Cody J Phillips2
  1. 1School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  2. 2General Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Cody J Phillips; cjphillips10{at}


A 72-year-old woman presented with concern for a necrotising soft tissue infection (NSTI) 6 days after a tree branch impaled her left lower extremity while hiking in Hawaii. The wound was irrigated and closed at a local clinic in Hawaii. She completed a 5-day course of clindamycin. She presented to our emergency department 1 day after completion of antibiotics due to worsening erythema and malodorous drainage. Local wound exploration revealed bullae and easy dissection of fascial planes. CT scan revealed complex heterogeneous fluid and inflammatory stranding in the posterior calf. Clinical and radiographic findings raised concern for NSTI prompting initiation of broad spectrum antibiotics and urgent operative debridement. Wound cultures and deep tissues cultures returned positive for pansusceptible Leclercia adecarboxylata. She underwent two additional operative debridements and transitioned to negative pressure wound therapy during her hospitalisation. She was discharged home on oral amoxicillin/clavulanate on hospital day 6.

  • infections
  • tropical medicine (infectious disease)
  • accidents
  • injuries
  • general surgery
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery

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  • Contributors The unique nature of this case was identified by MKL who was also responsible for the literature review, writing, editing and preparation of the manuscript. RJD provided preliminary edits. CJP served as senior author and final editor.

  • 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.

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