FRANCISCO X. REAL, M.D.; JONATHAN W. M. GOLD, M.D.; SUSAN E. KROWN, M.D.; DONALD ARMSTRONG, M.D.
To the editor: Patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are highly susceptible to a number of opportunistic infections. Listeria monocytogenes frequently causes bacteremia and meningitis in patients with T-cell defects, most commonly immunosuppressed cancer patients (1). Although listeria infections would be anticipated in patients with this syndrome, there have been no reports of such infections to date. We have followed 2 patients with listeria bacteremia in a group of 226 patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome seen at this center as of March 1984.
The two patients presented with high temperatures and constitutional symptoms. Blood cultures showed L. monocytogenes. Neither
REAL FX, GOLD JWM, KROWN SE, ARMSTRONG D. Listeria monocytogenes Bacteremia in the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;101:883–884. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-6-883
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(6):883-884.
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