MARY M. CARRUTHERS, M.D.; HERBERT M. SOMMERS, M.D.
To the editor: Eikenella corrodens is a facultatively anaerobic Gram-negative bacillus recently recognized as part of the normal oronasopharyngeal flora, and as an occasional pathogen, in man. This organism is unfamiliar to clinicians for two reasons:  it grows slowly and may be overgrown by more rapidly replicating organisms during isolation; and  it has been known by several names—Bacteroides corrodens in Europe (1), HB 1 of King (2) in the United States, and, most recently, E. corrodens. We recently treated a patient with posttraumatic osteomyelitis of the mandible that was caused by E. corrodens.
The patient was a 32-year-old
CARRUTHERS MM, SOMMERS HM. Eikenella corrodens Osteomyelitis. Ann Intern Med. ;79:900. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-6-900_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(6):900.
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