MICHAEL SILPA, M.D.; JOSEPH D'ANGELO, B.S.
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To the editor: Eikenella corrodens is a slowly growing gram-negative rod that has only recently been recognized as a pathogen in humans (1). It is part of the normal oropharyngeal flora and has been isolated in cases of visceral and soft tissue abscesses, pulmonary infections, meningitis, and at least three cases of endocarditis, (2, 3). Eikenella corrodens is usually found in combination with other bacteria, most notably the streptococci, but occasionally is seen in pure culture.
Over a 2-year period, we have seen nine cases of E. corrodens infections in intravenous drug abusers. Five of the nine patients were available
SILPA M, D'ANGELO J. Eikenella corrodens Infections in Drug Abusers. Ann Intern Med. ;92:871. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-6-871_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(6):871.
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