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CASE REPORT
Fusobacterium necrophorum: a rare cause of hepatic abscess in an immunocompetent individual
  1. Eduard Fatakhov1,
  2. Maharsh K Patel1,
  3. Savini Santha1,
  4. Christopher F Koch Jr2
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia, USA
  2. 2Medical College of Georgia, Roswell, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Christopher Francis Koch Jr, ckoch2250{at}gmail.com

Summary

In the present case a 30-year-old African American man was admitted with fever and chills secondary to two large hepatic abscesses diagnosed on an ultrasound. The patient was started on antibiotics after blood cultures were drawn. Initially the abscess was drained and showed dramatic improvement upon repeat imaging. The blood cultures revealed Gram-negative rods that were identified as Fusobacterium necrophorum. At that time the patient was switched to levofloxacin and metronidazole based on sensitivities. On this new antibiotic regime the patient improved dramatically. After just 5 days the patient was discharged home on oral antibiotics and was scheduled to follow-up in 1 week. In the present case we present a healthy 30-year-old man with no significant co-morbidities who developed a hepatic abscess from F necrophorum but successfully recovered after appropriate antibiotic treatment.

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