Lawsonella clevelandensis, an emerging pathogen, was first described in 2016, and has been implicated in abdominal, breast and spinal abscesses in a limited number of cases. Being a fastidious organism, it is primarily identified with molecular methods. With the incorporation of broad-range PCR testing in clinical diagnostics, L. clevelandensis has been increasingly reported in the literature. We describe a case of a 65-year-old man who presented with bilateral psoas abscesses secondary to aorto-bi-iliac vascular graft infection with L. clevelandensis identified using 16S rRNA/PCR sequencing. The patient underwent surgical resection and replacement of infected graft, followed by 6 weeks of intravenous antibiotic therapy and then chronic suppression with doxycycline and cefadroxil. He was infection-free at last follow-up.
- nosocomial infections
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Contributors RR wrote the manuscript and ZEG, MA and MRS provided input and supervision.
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