Neisseria macacae bacteremia: report of two cases with a literature review.

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Neisseria macacae bacteremia: report of two cases with a literature review.

BMC Infect Dis. 2020 Aug 24;20(1):619

Authors: Yamamoto Y, Terada N, Sugiyama T, Kurai H, Ohkusu K

BACKGROUND: Neisseria macacae was discovered in the oral cavity of monkeys in 1983. In humans, it has been isolated from the upper respiratory tract of neutropenic patients. However, only two cases of N. macacae bacteremia have been reported in a 65-year-old man with infective endocarditis and a 5-month-old child with fever and petechiae. There are no reports of infections in cancer patients. Here, we present two cases of N. macacae bacteremia in cancer patients.
CASE PRESENTATION: In the first case, a 42-year-old woman who underwent ovarian cancer surgery presented with duodenal invasion associated with multiple lymph node metastasis. N. macacae was isolated from her blood culture and identified using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS). In the second case, a 69-year-old woman with a long-standing history of esophagogastric junction cancer presented with fever. She had stage IVB cancer with lung, bone, and multiple lymph node metastasis. The last chemotherapy was administered 5 weeks before N. macacae was detected using MALDI-TOF MS and nitrate test negative. In both cases, transthoracic echography showed no vegetation. Antibiotics were administered for 14 and 13 days in the first and second cases, respectively. In both cases, fever alleviated on day 4 of antibiotic administration. Both patients were discharged after their conditions improved.
CONCLUSIONS: This, to our knowledge, is the first report of N. macacae bacteremia in cancer patients. Both patients, mucosal damage was observed in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, exclusion diagnosis suggested that bacteremia invasion was caused by mucosal rupture in both cases. Both cases responded well to treatment with β-lactam antibiotics and improved after 2 weeks. Modifying the treatment based on the source of the infection may shorten the treatment period. Therefore, further research on N. macacae bacteremia is necessary. Immunocompromised patients such as those with cancer are susceptible to mucosal damage by unusual bacterial species such as N. macacae despite not having contact with monkeys.

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