Sepsis secondary to multifocal Enterococcus faecium infection: A case report.

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Sepsis secondary to multifocal Enterococcus faecium infection: A case report.

Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Jul 02;99(27):e19811

Authors: Huang XQ, Qiu JK, Wang CH, Pan L, Xu JK, Pan XH, Ji XB, Mao MJ

INTRODUCTION: Nosocomial Enterococcus faecium (E faecium) infections are common among immunocompromised patients; however, sepsis caused by E faecium is rarely encountered in the clinical setting.
PATIENT CONCERNS: A 69-year-old woman with a previous history of tuberculosis (TB), developed symptoms of recurrent fever, paroxysmal cough, and exertional dyspnea for over 2 months before she presented to the hospital.
DIAGNOSIS: The patient was initially misdiagnosed with recurrent TB, and did not respond to anti-TB therapy. Culture results of blood, endotracheal necrotic tissue, and urine confirmed a diagnosis of multifocal E faecium infection.
INTERVENTIONS: On definitive diagnosis, the patient received intensive antimicrobial combination treatment with linezolid, teicoplanin, caspofungin, and voriconazole on the basis of antimicrobial susceptibility results.
OUTCOMES: After transient improvement, the patient's condition deteriorated due to secondary infections, and the patient died after discharge against medical advice.
CONCLUSION: E faecium bacteremia may cause sepsis in immunocompromised patients, and has a high mortality rate. Careful pathogen detection and early initiation of treatment is crucial to good patient outcome.

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