Stuart W. Haber, MD; Carl A. Perlino, MD
To the Editor: Splenic abscess is relatively uncommon. At one teaching institution, only 11 cases were found in a 30-year period (1). Splenic abscess has been associated with endocarditis, metastatic infection from other foci, trauma, and underlying immunodeficiency, and it has been found in intravenous drug abusers with or without endocarditis. We report a case of splenic abscess due to Fusobacterium nucleatum in a patient who had a history of intravenous drug abuse and no evidence of endocarditis. Fusobacterium nucleatum has not been reported previously in this setting; however, we describe a behavioral pattern that may have increased the likelihood
Haber SW, Perlino CA. Splenic Abscess from Fusobacterium nucleatum. Ann Intern Med. ;110:948. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-11-948_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(11):948.
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