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Puzzling encounter of idiopathic pasteurella bacteraemia
  1. Nishka Utpat1,
  2. Cem Dikengil2 and
  3. Kaanchi Utpat2
  1. 1The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  2. 2Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Nishka Utpat; utpatnishka{at}


Pasteurella multocida is a gram-negative coccobacillus that is commonly transmitted through animal bites including cats and dogs. The degree of infection can be worrisome in the immunosuppressed population with a stark correlation in patients with cirrhosis. However, taking that population into account, only 13 cases of P. multocida bacteraemia have been recorded with the majority of those cases having cirrhotic liver disease along with multiple comorbidities. Here, we present an elderly patient with only pertinent medical history of mixed hyperlipidaemia who presents after a mechanical fall with acute renal failure and septic shock secondary to P. multocida bacteraemia.

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