Four cases of bacteraemia caused by Fusobacterium nucleatum in febrile, neutropenic patients.

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Four cases of bacteraemia caused by Fusobacterium nucleatum in febrile, neutropenic patients.

J Med Microbiol. 2011 Jul;60(Pt 7):1046-9

Authors: Terhes G, Piukovics K, Urbán E, Nagy E

Abstract
Although bacteraemia caused by obligate anaerobic bacteria is a rare event, this phenomenon will be an emerging problem among oncohaematological patients. We report four cases of bacteraemia caused by Fusobacterium nucleatum in febrile, neutropenic patients over a 10 month period. All patients had haematological malignancy and severe neutropenia, and three of them suffered from oral mucositis or oedema of the oral mucosal surfaces, which was the probable portal of entry. All isolated strains were susceptible to standard anti-anaerobic antibiotics.

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