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Neonatal sepsis with meningitis, ventriculitis and brain abscess caused by Edwardsiella tarda
  1. Elyse Marie Geibel1,
  2. Mikell Robertson Pearce2,
  3. Luke Zabrocki3 and
  4. Cecilia Thompson3
  1. 1Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California, USA
  2. 2PCMH Blue, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms, California, USA
  3. 3Naval Medical Center San Diego Pediatrics Department, San Diego, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elyse Marie Geibel; egeibel1{at}


A case of neonatal sepsis caused by Edwardsiella tarda, an uncommon pathogen typically associated with aquatic lifeforms, is described. The infant presented in septic shock with seizures and respiratory failure and was found to have meningitis, ventriculitis and a brain abscess requiring drainage. Only a small number of case reports of neonatal E. tarda infection, several with sepsis with poor auditory or neurodevelopmental outcomes or meningitis, have been described in the literature. This case report suggests that E. tarda, while uncommon, can be a cause of serious central nervous system disease in the neonatal population and that an aggressive approach to pursuing and treating complications may lead to improved neurodevelopmental outcomes.

  • Neonatal and paediatric intensive care
  • Meningitis

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  • Contributors The following authors were responsible for drafting of the text, sourcing and editing of clinical images, investigation results, drawing original diagrams and algorithms, and critical revision for important intellectual content: EMG, MRP, LZ and CT. The following authors gave final approval of the manuscript: EMG, MRP, LZ and CT.

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